The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

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as a leader of the Unionists with the aid of the military. In
March, 1865, he was elected Governor and became an absolute
despot over the state. During the next four years he controlled
elections by the simple device of disfranchising his enemies or
by throwing out such votes as displeased him; he terrorized the
opposition with his militia; he drove thousands of ex-Confederates
from the state. He had himself elected to the Senate in 1869.
But as he had done nothing constructive, his system was soon over-
thrown. Only hatred remained. By this time he had burned him-
self out; he was a paralytic, his voice gone, his influence waning.
When his term expired in 1875, his bitterest enemy, Andrew John-
son, succeeded him. He returned to Tennessee and died in April,
Because Dr. Coulter has had to rely largely upon Brownlow's
own writings in explaining his actions, the account sometimes seems
more favorable to the Parson than he deserved. But the real
man is not obscured. It is an excellent piece of work and it
is interesting.
The University of Texas.
Horace Greeley and the Tribune in the Civil War. By Ralph Ray
Fahrney. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa: The Torch Press, 1936.
Pp. 229. $2.50.)
Professor Fahrney has made a careful study of the most active
editor and the most influential newspaper of the Civil War period.
The primary purpose of the study is to acquire an estimate of the
political power of Horace Greeley during the Civil War, and to
determine the effect of the New, York Tribune in molding public
The first chapter traces the rise of Greeley to a position of
influence during the several decades of political and journalistic
endeavor preceding 1860, connecting him with the principal char-
acters and main event of that era, and providing a background
for the main study. The activities of Greeley and the policies
of the Tribune are then traced through all the major controversies
which led to the war and, during the war, fostered dissension in


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