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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert D. Sampson  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1949 in Mattoon, Illinois


-- Robert D. Sampson on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=robert+d.+sampson


Illinois Connection

Sampson was born in Mattoon and currently resides in Decatur, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert D. Sampson is an instructor of history at Millikin University, a former reporter and local elected official in Macon County. Along with his book, he has also been published several times in the ''Journal of Illinois History''.


Selected Titles At Your Library

John L. O'Sullivan and his times
ISBN: 9781612773360. OCLC Number: 607073401

Kent State University Press,. .

The life of nineteenth-century journalist, diplomat, adventurer, and enthusiast for lost causes John Louis O'Sullivan is usually glimpsed only in brief episodes, perhaps because the components of his life are sometimes contradictory. An exponent of romantic democracy, O'Sullivan became a defender of slavery. A champion of reforms for women, labor, criminals, and public schools, he ended his life promoting spiritualism. This first full-length biography reveals a man possessed of the idealism and promise, as well as the prejudices and follies, of his age, a man who sensed the revolutionary and liberating potential of radical democracy but was unable to acknowledge the racial barriers it had to cross the fulfill its promise. Sure to be welcomed by scholars of the Jacksonian era and others interested in nineteenth-century American history, John L. O'Sullivan and His Times presents an in-depth examination of O'Sullivan's ideas as they were expressed in the Democratic Review and other newspapers and literary magazines that he edited. O?Sullivan was a crusader whose efforts to end capital punishment came within a hair's breadth of ending hanging in New York; an editor who called down the wrath of the people upon speculators, promoters of privilege and monopoly, and eloquently praised the virtues of majority rules and citizens right to control and transform their government; a political operative who supported the radical wing of the Democratic party, battled nativists, and plotted strategy with a young Samuel J. Tilden; a promoter of a fresh American literature who significantly aided Hawthorne's career and familiarized his readers with the works of Whitman, Poe, Whittier, and Thoreau. Through extensive research of primary materials, including contemporary correspondence and journals of public figures such as Martin Van Buren, William Marcy, Benjamin F. Butler, Samuel Tilden, and James K. Polk, author Robert D. Sampson explores the many facets of this enigmatic figure, a man described by Nathaniel Hawthorne as one of the truest and best men in the world.

John L. O'Sullivan and his times /
ISBN: 0873387457. OCLC Number: 48965060

Kent State University Press,. .

"Sure to be welcomed by scholars of the Jacksonian era and others interested in nineteenth-century American history, John L. O'Sullivan and His Times presents an indepth examination of O'Sullivan's ideas as they were expressed in the Democratic Review and other newspapers and literary magazines he edited. O'Sullivan was a crusader whose efforts to end capital punishment came within a hair's breadth of ending the practice of hanging convicts in New York. As an editor, he called down the wrath of the people on speculators and promoters of privilege and monopoly and eloquently praised the virtues of majority rule and the citizen's right to control and transform their government." "Through extensive research of primary materials - including contemporary correspondence and journals of public figures such as Martin Van Buren, William Marcy, Benjamin F. Butler, Samuel Tilden, and James K. Polk - author Robert D. Sampson explores the many facets of this enigmatic figure, a man described by Hawthorne as "one of the truest and best men in the world.""--BOOK JACKET.

Additional Title Information

  • John L. O`Sullivan and His Times

    , Kent State University, 2003


    Awards

    Best Biography of 2003 for

    John L. O'Sullivan and His Times

    , Society of Midland Authors, Chicago, Illinois.

    Speaking Engagements

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