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A. L. Edwards, 1870 - 1880?  Search this
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Horace Greeley, 3 Feb 1811 - 29 Nov 1872  Search this
Lithograph with tintstone on paper
Image: 35.8 x 27.8cm (14 1/8 x 10 15/16")
Sheet: 48.1 × 38.2cm (18 15/16 × 15 1/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9cm (28 × 22")
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Born Amherst, New Hampshire
As editor of the influential New York Tribune, Horace Greeley did not so much seek to report the Civil War as he sought to shape its course. When, in the spring of 1861, Lincoln’s administration seemed reluctant to use force in subduing southern secession, Greeley’s Tribune carried such bellicose headlines as “No Concessions to Traitors!” Shortly thereafter, when Lincoln held back from declaring an end to slavery, the bespectacled Greeley rallied that the freedom of blacks must be made one of the Civil War’s primary imperatives. It is difficult to say just how much Greeley’s editorial declarations affected official Union policies. Still, there is no doubt that his condemnation of the South and calls for slavery’s immediate abolition helped form the consciences of many northerners.
Nacido en Amherst, New Hampshire
Desde su puesto de editor del influyente New York Tribune, Horace Greeley aspiraba, más que a documentar la Guerra Civil, a moldear su curso. En la primavera de 1861, cuando el gobierno de Lincoln parecía renuente a utilizar la fuerza para doblegar a los secesionistas sureños, el Tribune se dedicó a publicar titulares belicosos, tales como “¡Sin concesiones a los traidores!”. Poco después, en vista de que Lincoln demoraba la proclama de la abolición de la esclavitud, Greeley escribió que la libertad de los esclavos tenía que ser uno de los imperativos de la Guerra Civil. Es difícil saber en qué medida los editoriales de Greeley afectaron las políticas oficiales de la Unión. Pero no hay duda de que su repudio al sur y su llamado a la abolición inmediata de la esclavitud lograron concienciar a muchos norteños.
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Horace Greeley: Male  Search this
Horace Greeley: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Magazine publisher  Search this
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Newspaper publisher  Search this
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Journalist\Reporter\Newspaper  Search this
Horace Greeley: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
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