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TitleTeacher, preacher, soldier, spy : the civil wars of John R. Kelso / Christopher Grasso.
AuthorGrasso, Christopher, author.
Call No328.73 G
CollectionAdult Non-Fiction
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Call NoBarcodeCirc Status
328.73 G18011123504067Due on 8/25/2022

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9780197547328 (hardback ; alk. paper)
International Standard Book Number 9780197547342 (epub)
International Standard Book Number 9780197547359
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 328.73/092 B 23
Personal Name Grasso, Christopher, author.
Title Statement Teacher, preacher, soldier, spy : the civil wars of John R. Kelso / Christopher Grasso.
Imprint New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2021.
Physical Description 1 online resource
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type computer c rdamedia
Carrier Type online resource cr rdacarrier
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, Etc. "Teacher, preacher, soldier, spy: the civil wars of John R. Kelso is an account of an extraordinary nineteenth-century American life. A schoolteacher and Methodist preacher in Missouri, in the Civil War Kelso earned fame fighting rebel guerrillas. Seeking personal revenge as well as defending the Union, he vowed to slay twenty-five rebels with his own hand, and when he did so he was elected to Congress. In the House of Representatives during Reconstruction, he was one of the first to call for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. After his term in Congress, personal tragedy drove him west, where he became a freethinking lecturer and author, an atheist, a Spiritualist, and, before his death in 1891, an anarchist. John R. Kelso was many things. He was also a strong-willed son, a passionate husband, and a loving and grieving father. The Civil War remained central to his life, challenging his notions of manhood and honor, his ideals of liberty and equality, and his beliefs about politics, religion, morality, and human nature. Throughout his life, too, he fought private wars-not only against former friends and alienated family members, rebellious students and disaffected church congregations, political opponents and religious critics, but also against the warring impulses in his own complex character. His life story moreover, offers a unique vantage upon dimensions of nineteenth-century American culture that are usually treated separately: religious revivalism and political anarchism; sex, divorce, and Civil War battles; freethinking and the Wild West"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Kelso, John R. 1831-1891. (John Russell),
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Legislators United States Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Soldiers Missouri Biography.
Additional Physical Form Entry Print version: Grasso, Christopher. New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2021. Teacher, preacher, soldier, spy (DLC) 2021010043 9780197547328
Donor Information From the CCHS Class of 1955, Michael Dolan.

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