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The Resource Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield, Kenneth D. Ackerman

Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield, Kenneth D. Ackerman

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Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield
Title
Dark horse
Title remainder
the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth D. Ackerman
Title variation
Surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In post-Civil War America, politics was a brutal sport played with blunt rules. Yet James Garfield's 1881 "dark horse" campaign after the longest-ever Republican nominating process (36 convention ballots), his victory in the closest-ever popular vote for president (by only 7,018 votes out of over 9 million cast), his struggle against feuding factions once elected, and the public's response to its culmination in violence, sets a revealing comparison with America approaching a new campaign year in 2004
  • Author and Capitol Hill veteran Kenneth D. Ackerman re-creates an American political landscape where fierce battles for power unfolded against a chivalrous code of honor in a nation struggling under the shadow of a recent war to confront its modernity. Familiar Civil War figures like Ulysses Grant and Winfield Scott Hancock are cast in unfamiliar roles as politicos alongside machine bosses like the egotistical Senator Roscoe Conkling, the manipulative James G. Blaine, and backroom wire-puller Chester A. Arthur. The journey through political back rooms, dazzling convention floors, and intrigue-filled Congressional and White House chambers, reveals the era's decency and humanity as well as the sharp partisanship that exploded in the pistol shots of assassin Charles Guiteau, the weak-minded political camp-follower and patronage seeker trying to replace one Commander-in-Chief with another
  • The murder prompted leaders to recoil at their own excesses and changed the tone of politics for generations to come. Garfield's own struggle against powerful forces is a compelling human drama; the portrait of Americans coming together after his assassination exemplifies the dignity and grace that havelong held the nation together in crisis
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JED
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Ackerman, Kenneth D
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E687
LC item number
.A65 2003
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Garfield, James A.
  • Garfield, James A.
  • Guiteau, Charles J.
  • United States
  • Presidents
  • Presidents
Label
Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield, Kenneth D. Ackerman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-467) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
52382150
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
551 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780786711512
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield, Kenneth D. Ackerman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-467) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
52382150
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
551 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780786711512
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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