Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was a major figure in nineteenth century American history. As a newspaper editor, politician, and reformer, Greeley was involved with the major events and trends of the era. He was the influential editor of the New York Tribune from 1841 until his death and was instrumental in the rise of the Whig and Republican parties.
Snay's biography places Greeley in his historical context-considering the ways that he shaped and was influenced by the rise of the Jacksonian party system, the varieties of antebellum reform, the evolution of urban class relations, and the politics of slavery and emancipation.
Mitchell Snay is professor of history at Denison University. He is the author of three books, Fenians, Freedmen, and Southern Whites: Race and Nationality in the Era of Reconstruction, Religion and the Antebellum Debate over Slavery, and Gospel of Disunion: Religion and Separatism in the Antebellum South.
Introduction Chapter 1: From Country to City: Coming of Age in the Early Republic Chapter 2: The Politics of Whiggery: The 1830s Chapter 3: The World of Print Culture in Antebellum New York Chapter 4: The Politics of Reform: The 1840s Chapter 5: The Politics of Antislavery: The 1850s Chapter 6: The Politics of Union: The Civil War Chapter 7: The Politics of Reconstruction