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Dark Horse

The Surprise Election And Political Murder Of President James A. Garfield

By Kenneth D Ackerman

In post–Civil War America, politics was a brutal sport played with blunt rules. Yet James Garfield's 1881 "dark horse" campaign after the longest-ever Republican nominating process (36 convention ballots), his victory in the closest-ever popular vote for president (by only 7,018 votes out of over 9 million cast), his struggle against feuding factions once elected, and the public's response to its culmination in violence, sets a revealing comparison with America approaching a new campaign year in 2004. Author and Capitol Hill veteran Kenneth D. Ackerman re-creates an American political landscape where fierce battles for power unfolded against a chivalrous code of honor in a nation struggling under the shadow of a recent war to confront its modernity. The murder prompted leaders to recoil at their own excesses and changed the tone of politics for generations to come. Garfield's own struggle against powerful forces is a compelling human drama; the portrait of Americans coming together after his assassination exemplifies the dignity and grace that have long held the nation together in crisis.

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Format: Book
Author: Ackerman, Kenneth D
Title: Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield / Kenneth D. Ackerman.
Publisher Date: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c2003.
Subject: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881. Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881 -- Assassination. Guiteau, Charles Julius, 1841-1882 Presidents -- United States Assassins United States -- Politics and government -- 1881-1885
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Format: Book
Author: Ackerman, Kenneth D.
Title: Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield / Kenneth D. Ackerman.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c2003.
Description: 551 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881.
Subjects: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881 -- Assassination.
Subjects: Guiteau, Charles Julius, 1841-1882
Subjects: Presidents -- United States
Subjects: Assassins
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 1881-1885
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-467) and index.
ISBN: 0786711515
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Call Number: 973.84 Ack