The Star of the West; Or, National Men and National Measures
by Carroll, Anna
Miller, Orton and Co.. Hardcover. New York, 1857. 8vo, publisher's cloth, 561 pp. Third edition, expanded from the first edition of 1856 with fourteen portraits as opposed to nine. With material on the Pacific Railroad, the Walker Expedition, etc. A very good copy with light normal wear, very light stain to tops of pages and some fading to spine. "After Fillmore lost the election in 1856, Carroll turned to what she hoped would be more lucrative writing, publishing The Star of the West (1857), a collection of essays on various political topics such as filibustering and the transcontinental railroad. She also began to promote the candidacy of John Minor Botts of Virginia, a former Whig and Unionist who had apparently hired her as his publicist. As Botts's star faded, Carroll latched onto the Republicans as best she could, writing fulsome letters of praise to all and sundry in an attempt to establish political connections. Her primary goal during these years was to find a patronage position for her father, who had long since run through the family fortunes." - ANB . Very Good. 1857. Third Edition. (Inventory #: 16654)
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