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Scott S. Greenberger - The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur

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Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

When Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886) became president in September 1881 after the assassination of James A. Garfield, most Americans expected at best a lackluster leader, at worst an inept one. Arthur surprised everyone—including himself. Greenberger’s colorful story of the 21st president charts Arthur’s remarkable course from idealist to corrupt machine politician and back. Son of an abolitionist preacher, Arthur began his career as a lawyer and won the case that desegregated New York City’s streetcars. Success led him into the temptations of the Gilded Age, but the presidency gave him focus and the power to pursue an ambitious agenda, which included fighting for Native American rights and passing the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act. Greenberger, a former reporter and co-author of Critical, is the editor of Stateline, a news website that covers state politics and policy for dozens of newspapers.


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Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
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ISBN: 9780306823893
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Published: Da Capo Press - September 12th, 2017

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