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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 8, part 1: James A. Garfield   By: (1843-1914)

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In this volume, readers will find a comprehensive collection of the speeches, letters, and other written works of President James A. Garfield. The author, James D. Richardson, has meticulously gathered and compiled these documents, providing a valuable insight into the thoughts and actions of one of America's lesser-known presidents.

The book offers a fascinating glimpse into Garfield's presidency, covering a wide range of topics such as civil rights, foreign policy, and economic reform. The reader is able to learn more about Garfield's views on various issues and how he navigated the challenges of his time.

Richardson's writing is clear and engaging, making it easy for readers to follow along and understand the historical context in which these documents were written. Additionally, the book is well-organized, making it simple to navigate and find specific pieces of information.

Overall, this volume is a valuable resource for anyone interested in American history or the presidency of James A. Garfield. It offers a wealth of primary sources that shed light on this often-overlooked figure, making it a must-read for history enthusiasts.

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A Representative from the State of Tennessee



Prefatory Note

This volume comprises the Garfield Arthur term of four years and the first term of Cleveland. The period covered is from March 4, 1881, to March 4, 1889. The death of President Garfield at the hand of an assassin early in his Administration created a vacancy in the office of the Chief Executive, and for the fourth time in our history the Vice President succeeded to that office. The intense excitement throughout the land brought about by the tragic death of the President, and the succession of the Vice President, caused no dangerous strain upon our institutions, and once more proof was given, if, indeed, further evidence was required, that our Government was strong enough to quietly and peacefully endure a sudden change of rulers and of administration, no matter how distressing and odious the cause.

During the Administration of President Arthur a treaty between the United States and the Republic of Nicaragua was signed, providing for an interoceanic canal across the territory of that State. An able and learned discussion of this proposition will be found among his papers. This treaty was pending when he retired from office, and was promptly withdrawn by President Cleveland... Continue reading book >>

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