Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia : a biography /
Thomas E. Schott.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1988.
xx, 552 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. --
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1988.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [521]-537.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1988-04-01:
Stephens was a bundle of contradictionsa prominent Whig who became a Democrat, an antisecessionist who became a vice president of the Confederacy, a Southern nationalist who became the symbol of states' rights obstructionism in the Confederacy. Schott's full and interesting biography rescues Stephens from an undeserved historical oblivion, as it also reveals the tragedy of a statesman whose world did not extend beyond Georgia. Stephens's very limitations speak volumes on why the idea of a single South crashed against the reality of many little Souths. Recommended for university libraries.Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1988-12:
In this new political biography, Schott gives readers a careful but brief overview of the early life of Stephens (1812-1883) and then chronicles events in which Stephens played an important role that helped to define Georgia and the nation. Beginning as a Whig state legislator and then congressman, Stephens was triumphant in articulating the Georgia Platform of 1850; he agonized over secession and joined his native state only because of loyalty to state sovereignty. He was named Vice President of the Confederacy, but both Stephens and Jefferson Davis exhibited closed minds on many issues, leading to a strained relationship. Stephens was the voice of opposition, and a rallying point for those who feared centralization of power in the Confederacy. After the war, Stephens urged compromise and even endorsed some Republican ideas while serving as one of Georgia's Reconstruction Era congressmen before ending both career and life in the governor's seat in 1883. Schott contributes significantly to an understanding of one of Georgia's central figures during the 1850s, the war, and Reconstruction. His portrayal of Stephens the person is less satisfying. Readers discover a lifelong devotion to his brother Linton Stephens but learn little of the private "Little Aleck" who was slave owner, plantation manager, and citizen of Crawfordville, Georgia. Undergraduate and public libraries. -T. F. Armstrong, Georgia College
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Choice, December 1988
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