William Woods Holden : firebrand of North Carolina politics /
William C. Harris.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1987.
xiv, 332 p., [8] p. of plates : map, ports., facsims. --
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1987.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [321]-326.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-06:
Harris's book is both a superb political biography of William Woods Holden and a thorough study of antebellum politics, secession, and Reconstruction in North Carolina. Originally a Whig, Holden as editor of the North Carolina Standard led the Democrats to victory in the 1850s. He championed southern rights within the Union in the late antebellum years, but voted for secession. Disenchantment with the Confederate cause led him to propose a negotiated settlement of the war. Holden's strong unionism then led him into Republican ranks, serving first as Andrew Johnson's provisional governor and then as elected governor during congressional Reconstruction. After conservative Democrats returned to power, however, his impeachment and conviction ended his term early. In subsequent years, Holden lost faith in the Republicans, but did not join any other party. Harris consulted numerous relevant collections of primary documents. Secondary works are cited only in the footnotes, however, and the bibliographic essay is sketchy. Nevertheless, this book will be useful to anyone seeking to understand how the Union was sundered in 1861 and how it was restored in the convoluted process of Reconstruction. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-J.P. Sanson, Louisiana State University at Eunice
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