On James Garfield: Our President Who Was an Advocate for Black Rights

It’s amazing how people have similar thoughts in our world. Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic, has released this biography on James Garfield. Garfield was assassinated after only 4 months in office, and therefore is not remembered as much. However, he was a strong advocate for black rights, as I had mentioned in my earlier post: “President Garfield Bans Wrinkles for African-Americans.”

As Candice states, “He cried when John Brown was hanged, hid a runaway slave, and was a staunch fighter in the Civil War, and a hero in the Union Army.”

So we can continue to build a beautiful case for how Garfield took a stand for what was right, even when it was popular.

Read an article on Candice’s work in The Christian Science Monitor.

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Candice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Her first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, was a New York Times bestseller. Destiny of the Republic won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, the PEN Center USA award for Research Nonfiction, the One Book—One Lincoln Award, the Ohioana Award and the Kansas Notable Book Award. Millard’s work has also appeared in Time Magazine, Washington Post Book World, and the New York Times Book Review. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children. 

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