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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert D. Sampson  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1949 in Mattoon, Illinois

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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''.

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Titles At Your Library

John L. O'Sullivan and His Times
ISBN: 0873387457

The Kent State University Press. 2003

Brings to life one of the most enigmatic, romantic, and ultimately tragic characters in American history 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 to fulfill its promise.


Best Biography of 2003 for ''John L. O'Sullivan and His Times'', Society of Midland Authors, Chicago, Illinois.

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