By David Herbert Donald
In his follow-up to Charles Sumner and the arrival of the Civil War, acclaimed historian David Herbert Donald examines the lifetime of the Massachusetts legislator from 1860 to his dying in 1874.
As a pacesetter of the novel Republicans, Sumner made the abolition of slavery his basic legislative focus—yet adversarial the 13th, Fourteenth, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. structure for not likely a ways sufficient to assure complete equality. His fight to stability energy and precept outlined his occupation through the Civil warfare and Reconstruction, and Donald masterfully charts the senator’s wavering course from fiery sectarian chief to in charge social gathering member. In a richly distinct portrait of Sumner’s function as chairman of the Senate Committee on overseas family, Donald analyzes how the legislator introduced his effect and political acumen to undergo on a topic as expensive to his middle as equivalent rights: foreign peace.
Authoritative and engrossing, Charles Sumner and the Rights of guy captures a desirable political determine on the top of his powers and brings a tumultuous interval in American historical past to brilliant life.
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