Life and Times of Samuel Bowles - Vol. 1

Life and Times of Samuel Bowles - Vol. 1

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Life and Times of Samuel Bowles - Vol. 1

Life and Times of Samuel Bowles - Vol. 1

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This book is an attempt to faithfully portray the life of a man. It includes, as the appropriate background of such a portrait, a sketch of the public events which wrought on him and on which he wrought.

The first interest of the general public in the career of Samuel Bowles arises from the fact that he was an eminent journalist. He was one of the representative men through whom a new power in society has been developed and exercised. His field was in one sense narrow, for the Springfield Republican was published in a provincial town, and limited to a comparatively small circulation; but it exercised a wide influence. The best measure of its editor's attainment was not the number of readers he reached, but the theory and ideal of journalism which he exemplified. His personal history touches the principles of the art of newspaper-making.

The justification for sketching a nation's story as part of the story of a journalist's life is that the journalist has become an important factor in national affairs. Mr. Bowles's editorial work covered the period from the annexation of Texas to the close of reconstruction under President Hayes. He was a spectator and actor in the struggle which ended in the overthrow of slavery, and also in the problems which taxed the nation in the years following the war. A great part of the significance and value of his life lay in his contribution to these debates.

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