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Thanks to John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, most twenty-first-century Americans who remember Edmund G. Ross (1826–1907) know only that he cast an important vote as a U.S. senator from Kansas that prevented the conviction of President Andrew Johnson of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” allowing Johnson to stay in office. But Ross was also a significant abolitionist, journalist, Union officer, and, eventually, territorial governor of New Mexico. This first full-scale biography of Ross reveals his importance in the history of the United States.

Ross’s life reveals a great deal about who we were as Americans in the second half of the nineteenth century. He was involved in the abolitionist movement as both a journalist and a participant, as well as in the struggle to bring Kansas into the union as a free state. His career also involved him in the expansion of railroads west of the Mississippi, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the Gilded Age with its greedy politicians and businessmen, and the expansion of the United States into the Southwest. In short, Ross’s career represents the changes that the whole country experienced in the course of his lifetime. Moreover, Ross was an interesting character, resolute and consistent in his beliefs, who often paid a price for his integrity.

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  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. 4
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. 1: Young Man Working at the Case
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2: The Abolitionists: A Call to Action
  2. pp. 7-15
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  1. 3: Joining the Battle for a Free Kansas
  2. pp. 16-27
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  1. 4: Fighting Slavery with Words
  2. pp. 28-43
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  1. 5: Ross, the Record, and the Railroads
  2. pp. 44-54
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  1. 6: The Civil War and the Kansas Volunteers
  2. pp. 55-71
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  1. 7: Major Ross: Return to Civilian Life
  2. pp. 72-77
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  1. 8: Southern President, Radical Congress
  2. pp. 78-84
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  1. 9: A Surprising Death, an Unexpected Appointment
  2. pp. 85-91
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  1. 10: Reconstruction: The Lines Are Drawn
  2. pp. 92-100
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  1. 11: The 1867 Election: Pomeroy and Ross
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. 12: Congress Declares War on the President
  2. pp. 111-120
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  1. 13: The Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson
  2. pp. 121-141
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  1. 14: Empty Accusations: Ross Fights Back
  2. pp. 142-152
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  1. 15: The Last Two Years: A Working Senator
  2. pp. 153-165
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  1. ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. pp. 166-183
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  1. 16: The Campaign to Expose Pomeroy
  2. pp. 184-195
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  1. 17: Liberals Versus Radicals: Shifting Alignments
  2. pp. 196-208
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  1. 18: Albuquerque
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  1. 19: Understanding New Mexico
  2. pp. 226-233
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  1. 20: Governor Ross and the Court of Private Land Claims
  2. pp. 234-247
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  1. 21: The Santa Fe Ring and the Territorial Legislature
  2. pp. 248-265
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  1. 22: The Final Years
  2. pp. 266-282
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 283-310
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 311-319
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-328
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 346
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826353757
Related ISBN
9780826353740
MARC Record
OCLC
860711467
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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