Thursday, July 3, 2008
Why I Am a Republican: A History of the Republican Party / George Boutwell -- Hartford, Conn.: W.J. Betts, 1884.
Published in 1884, Why I Am a Republican is a defense of the party by a former member of the Lincoln and Grant administrations. It also appears to be have been a campaign piece in support of James G. Blaine, Republican nominee for president (1884). Much of the work praises Lincoln's careful leadership to end slavery. Later, Boutwell served as the president of the American Anti-Imperialis League and opposed the US government's acquisition of the Philippines.