By Paul Kahan
From abject poverty to undisputed political boss of Pennsylvania, Lincoln’s secretary of conflict, senator, chair of the Senate international kin Committee, and a founding father of the Republican occasion, Simon Cameron (1799–1889) was one of many 19th century’s so much well-known political figures. In his wake, even if, he left a sequence of questionable political and enterprise dealings and, on the age of 80, even a intercourse scandal.
excess of a biography of Cameron, Amiable Scoundrel is usually a portrait of an period that allowed—indeed, encouraged—a guy comparable to Cameron to grab political keep an eye on. The political alterations of the early 19th century enabled him not just to enhance his prestige but additionally to exert genuine political authority. The adjustments because of the Civil conflict, in flip, allowed Cameron to consolidate his political authority right into a winning, well-oiled political laptop. A key determine in designing and imposing the Union’s army process throughout the Civil War’s the most important first 12 months, Cameron performed a vital position in pushing Abraham Lincoln to allow the enlistment of African americans into the U.S. military, a stance that at last resulted in his pressured resignation. but his legacy has languished, approximately forgotten store for the truth that his identify has develop into shorthand for corruption, although no facts has ever been provided to turn out that Cameron used to be corrupt.
Amiable Scoundrel puts Cameron’s activities right into a better old context by way of demonstrating that many politicians of the time, together with Abraham Lincoln, used related strategies to win elections and enhance their careers. This research is the attention-grabbing tale of Cameron’s lifestyles and an illuminating portrait of his times.
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