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Baptism of Fire: The Republican Party in Iowa, 1838-1878 [Hardcover]

Robert Cook
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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Iowa State Pr; 1st ed edition (December 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813819385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813819389
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,096,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched, full of interest September 7, 2006
The author of this book is an instructor at the University of Sheffield in England, but his handling of his topic is sure and not marred by any deficiency in knowledge of the subject which some might expect of a non-American. He traces Iowa politics from its beginning as a Territory in 1838, thru the rise of the Republican party in 1856, and that party's securing of the dominant positioon it acquired in Iowa before the Civil War began. It acquired that dominance because it was right on the issues leading to the Civil War, altho the author shows that Iowa Republicans for political advantage did not want any accord with the South and thus may have made the War more likely. After the war, Senator James Grimes played a pivotal role in defeating the effort to impeach Andrew Johnson, and thus is a hero for Iowans, since a successful impeachment resulting in removal would have altered the American system of government--even as a successful impeachment in 1999 would have altered that system. Anyone interested in politics of the mid nineteenth century will find this book of value. There is an excellent bibliography and the book is well-footnoted, with a good index. It is a book typical of the good books Iowa State University Press publishes on Iowa topics.
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