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Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization (Topics In Kentucky History) Hardcover – November 24, 2006

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"In this meticulously researched and forcefully argued study, Margolies deftly traces the outspoken and mercurial Watterson's long career with special attention to the southern nationalist's positions on American foreign policy. While examining Watterson's activities and commentary, Margolies renders highly instructive insights regarding the history of U.S. journalism, Democratic politics, and turn-of-the-century American imperialism."―Joseph A. Fry, author of Dixie Looks Abroad: The South and U.S. Foreign Relatio

""This able study considers Watterson's public life only and draws largely on a close reading of numerous published editorials. Margolies's strength lies in his patient willingness to work through Watterson's sometimes conflicting, often hazy prescriptions for regional and national problems. The resulting volume contributes admirably to historians' understanding of both U.S. imperialism and the global position of the New South.""―Randal L. Hall, Rice University

""Margolies develops his thesis convincingly and readably. His use of the Watterson papers at the Library of Congress is masterful, along with a long list of other primary documents. Watterson is lifted from the role of an important editor of his time to one with wide ranging contacts, reach, potential influence, and a generally consistent intellectual position that demanded attention, if not agreement.""―Wallace B. Eberhard, Journalism History

""Margolies attempts a 'full reappraisal' of this eccentric Kentucky editor, both the bitter partisan who loved a good name-calling brawl and, surprisingly, the forward-looking editor who sought to broaden America's understanding of economic self-interest abroad.""―Journal of Southern History

""Daniel S. Margolies brings Watterson to the attention of a new generation of scholars.""Margolies tells Watterson's story in an engaging way."―Peter A. Coclanis, American Historical Review"―Peter A. Coclanis, American Historical Review

"This excellent body of scholarship adds to our understanding of how and to what extent Watterson shaped that hegemony."―Joseph M. Santos, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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Daniel S. Margolies is assistant professor of history at Virginia Wesleyan College.

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