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E Book This book is a biography of Alabama native John Forsyth Jr. From to Forsyth wrote about many of the most important events of the 19th century. He used his various positions as an editor, Civil War field correspondent, and Reconstruction critic at the Mobile Register to advocate on behalf of both the South and the Democratic Party.
In addition, Forsyth played an active role in the events taking place around him through his political career, as United States Minister to Mexico, state legislator, Confederate Peace Commissioner to the Lincoln administration, staff officer to Braxton Bragg, and twice mayor of the city of Mobile. Burnett Univ. The son of John Forsyth, Sr. He played significant roles in Alabama and national politics, particularly in the presidential election of , where he strongly supported Stephen Douglas.
Although Forsyth was a zealous advocate of the Confederacy, he initially called for Southerners to accept the changes that defeat brought to their region. However, when it became clear that those changes meant greater equality for African Americans, he rejected Reconstruction and fought for the return of white rule.
While there is much to commend this work, one would hope that a biography of a journalist would include at least a few complete editorials.