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Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet An Autobiography.   By: (1823-1900)

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In "Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet: An Autobiography," John Sherman invites readers on an insightful journey through his remarkable political career spanning four decades. As one of the influential figures in American politics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Sherman's memoir provides an invaluable firsthand account of the era's crucial debates, national challenges, and moments of significant historical importance.

The book showcases Sherman's eloquent writing style, making it an engaging and easily accessible read. His recollections are organized chronologically, offering a comprehensive narrative that immerses readers in the intricate workings of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Cabinet. Sherman excels in providing vivid descriptions of the political landscape, highlighting the key players, alliances, and ideological clash that shaped the nation's destiny.

What sets this autobiography apart is Sherman's ability to reflect on his own actions and decisions. He candidly shares his successes, failures, and personal frustrations, offering readers an insightful glimpse into the complexities of political life. Sherman's introspective analysis adds depth to the narrative, allowing readers to understand the motivations behind his policies and the compromises necessary to navigate a highly polarized political environment.

Aside from the political realm, Sherman explores pertinent social issues of his time. He discusses topics such as civil rights, labor unrest, and the challenges of reconstructing the country following the Civil War. With astute observations and a compassionate tone, Sherman demonstrates his commitment to creating a more inclusive and just society.

Moreover, his close proximity to significant events and influential figures lends credibility to his account. Sherman's interactions with notable statesmen like Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, and William McKinley offer unique anecdotes, shedding light on their personalities and political strategies. This firsthand perspective is a valuable asset to historians and political enthusiasts alike, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative.

One minor criticism would be Sherman's occasional omission of certain key events and topics. While he covers a vast range of political issues and controversies, there are instances where the reader is left wanting more. However, considering the breadth of Sherman's career, this omission is understandable, and his ability to capture the essence of the era compensates for these minor shortcomings.

In conclusion, "Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet: An Autobiography" by John Sherman is an engrossing and enlightening read for anyone interested in American political history. Through his captivating storytelling, Sherman provides invaluable insights into the inner workings of government, the challenges faced by leaders, and the crucial decisions that shaped the nation. This memoir is a valuable addition to any history enthusiast's library and a testament to the enduring legacy of one of America's most influential lawmakers.

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Transcriber's note:

The dieresis is transcribed by a preceding hyphen. "Employe" is replaced by "employee". The author's capitalization and spelling are followed when consistent, but probable mistakes of the typesetter have been corrected.

The right brackets (}) in the heading of quoted letters represent a single bracket grouping those lines in the book, which indicates a typeset heading on the stationery used.

LoC call number: E664.S57 1968





Copyright, 1895, By John Sherman


First Greenwood reprinting, 1968

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS catalogue card number: 68 28647

Printed in the United States of America


These Recollections grew out of a long deferred purpose to publish a selection of my speeches on public questions, but in collecting them it became manifest that they should be accompanied or preceded by a statement of the circumstances that attended their delivery. The attempt to furnish such a statement led to a review of the chief events of my public life, which covers the period extending from 1854 to the present time... Continue reading book >>

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