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The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: WestBow Press A Division of Thomas Nelson (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449740502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449740504
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,815,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ryan S. Walters was born in Laurel, Mississippi, on July 7, 1973. He grew up in Jones County, the famous 'Free State of Jones' in the small town of Ellisville. He graduated from Heidelberg Academy, a Christian-based private school, and then attended Jones County Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi. Ryan holds a BA and an MA in American history from Southern Miss and is currently working on a PhD in nineteenth-century American political history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I was born in Laurel, MS, in Jones County, the famous "Free State of Jones," on July 7, 1973. I grew up in Jones County, in the small town of Ellisville, population 3,500. I graduated high school in May 1991 from Heidelberg Academy, a Christian-based private school. From there I enrolled at Jones County Junior College for two years, and then on to the University of Southern Mississippi. I dropped out for a few years in the mid-90s and tried my hand in the real world. But I quickly discovered that I did not cotton to that very well. So I went back to school, buckled down, finished my undergraduate degree in August 2001, and enrolled immediately in graduate school. A career in law briefly crossed my mind but once in graduate school studying history at a high level proved to me that I was in the right place. I hope to use my skills as a historian and writer to better educate the American people on our glorious past and its role in helping us build a better future. I am a member of Phi Alpha Theta (Theta-Kappa chapter), the History Honors Society.

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Efforts to talk about tea party and Obama very weak.
rick
This book is well written and provides excellent information about this president who understood and supported the Constitution.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger Q. Austin III on April 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Last Jeffersonian will open your eyes! For anyone who thinks that the problems we face here in the 21st century are in some way unique or that the debate we are having over the size and shape and scope and the role played by government, The Last Jeffersonian is a must read. When I met the author, I told him what I have heard from many both before and since - the only thing I know about Grover Cleveland is that he is the only US President to serve two non-consecutive terms. It ends up that as we've always been told, there's another side of the story and Ryan Walters does a tremendous job and a great public service in telling....the rest of the story. Today we worry about government overspending and spending money out of the Treasury to either choose "winners" in business or paying off supporters or buying votes for the next time. Today we are also concerned about "foreign entanglements," something our founding fathers warned us against in those specific terms. And today, one of the biggest concerns that citizens and taxpayers have about our leaders in Washington DC is who is going to be the adult, who is going to stand up and announce the truth - that we are broke and that the emperor has no clothes on. While that remains to be seen who may play the role of the adult today, in the 1880s and again in the 1890s, Grover Cleveland was the adult in the room. Everyone needs to read this book and learn about our not so distant history in order to see what needs to be done to preserve our future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The Last Jeffersonian" is a biography, but it's a biography with a purpose: This is author Ryan Walters' attempt "to point out what we in the conservative movement, as well as the nation as a whole, can learn from" Grover Cleveland, a president contemporary historians have consigned to the memory hole (p. xvii). Walters argues Cleveland should be honored not only as "the last Jeffersonian," or the last great president, but as "perhaps the greatest statesman in American history" (p. xix).

Instead of telling Cleveland's story chronologically, Walters moves topic by topic, showing how Cleveland was a man of remarkable honesty, hewing faithfully to consistent Jeffersonian principles of sound money and noninterventionist, nonredistributionist government, an opponent of class warfare, but a consistent friend of the taxpayer. In 1887, for example, Congress appropriated funds for relief of drought-stricken Texas farmers -- an act that would hardly get a second glance today. Cleveland vetoed the bill, writing, "I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering, which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit." Rather than being burned in effigy, Cleveland was praised. Even the Houston Daily Post, in the heart of the afflicted state, called it "a very proper veto" of a "clearly unconstitutional" bill (p. 34). Following the veto, private charities stepped in and ultimately raised over $100,000 in private donations (in 1887!) to help the farmers, "more than ten times what Congress [had] sought to appropriate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Billar on June 5, 2013
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I read some reviews, noting some felt it went beyond a biography of President Cleveland. However, it is clear the author planned from the outset to make it more of a treatise intended on comparing and contrasting the use of presidential power by Cleveland to those later presidents who take a more imperial, loose constructionist view of the executive branch of government. Disagree as one might, I felt the author was consistent in his points of comparison.

It was a decent read. The author both did his research, and was reasonably clear in his explanations and comparisons. Although his concern was more of how progressive political thought is leading us further away from our founding principals, one can argue that both political parties are more concerned with acquiring and maintaining power than promoting the good of the country and its citizens.

Transition in comparisons could have been smoother, but otherwise it was enjoyable and enlightening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rick on December 30, 2013
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Interesting concept -- the last Jefersonian -- but very poorly written. Efforts to talk about tea party and Obama very weak. A most disappointing book concerning a very worthy former President.
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Too much dailogue and revisitng on conservative views, the Tea Party and current politics. More insights, context and perspectives needed on American and International history. Very good argument on Cleveland as the last "Jeffersonian" president!
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President Cleveland led the way in true fiscal conservatism. Our poloitical leaders from both sides could learn a lesson or two from this overlooked and forgotten president.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2013
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Excellent, well written trek through the political mind of one of our greatest, but unappreciated, presidents.
Offers a new understanding of the political thinking of that era.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChasB on January 24, 2013
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Walters offers a very insightful into Grover Cleveland's world view. It is amazing though, that the American taxpayer is such a slow learner. Cleveland has the solution for America's financial woes if we would just heed them today. Grover Cleveland, where are you when we need you most?
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