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Josephus Daniels: His Life & Times

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As a longtime leader of the Democratic Party and key member of Woodrow Wilson's cabinet, Josephus Daniels was one of the most influential progressive politicians in the country, and as secretary of the navy during the First World War, he became one of the most important men in the world. Before that, Daniels revolutionized the newspaper industry in the South, forever ...more
Hardcover, 474 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by University of North Carolina Press
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Edgar Raines
This is a brilliant account of Josephus Daniels' rise to power and influence in the New South and a sophisticated explanation of why he considered segregation a progressive reform. The author's sophistication and insight into the North Carolina phase of Daniels' life makes all the more disappointing his treatment of Daniel's time as secretary of the Navy. To put it bluntly, the author has not mastered the literature. His account is based almost entirely on Daniels' diary and correspondence with ...more
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Josephus Daniels was a strong Navy secretary and had many accomplishments, including the rapid buildup of the fleet and its readiness prior to World War I, enabling the Navy’s excellent wartime performance. He brought Thomas Edison in to advise on keeping the Navy at the cutting edge of technology and mentored his own assistant secretary, Franklin Roosevelt, for eight years. He was a mover shaker in Democratic Party circles before and after the First World War. Lee A. Craig’s biography is ...more
Kelly Poe
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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This was an exhaustively researched and detailed biography and was highly readable. I found the subject fascinating, but I warn you: unless you are very interested in BOTH North Carolina history and world war 1, you probably won't enjoy this book. It's a history book, and it reads like one. Also, Craig regularly referenced historical events without explaining what they were, and that bugged me.
Mordy
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Craig does an excellent job of weaving Daniels (blemishes and all) into the larger tapestry of American history, from Reconstruction, through the Gilded Age to the inter-war years. His activities thrust him to the forefront of many important events. Because of this, the book isn't simply a biography, but also a great chronology of the times.
Dean
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A solid history of one of North Carolinas influential sons. Whether his race baiting in the late 1800's or his work withWilson in World War I he was a powerful figure in North Carolina as the owner and editor of the Raleigh News and Observer
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