TWO FRIENDS OF MAN by Ralph Korngold
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Report repeated from page 530 of the September 1st bulletin, as follows: ""William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips fought the Civil War long before Fort Sumter, and, in the dark years leading up to the formation of the Abolitionist party, bore the brunt of danger and anguish. This is their story, a story that throws light on the whole pre-war period, Garrison, son of a drunken sailor; Phillips, the aristocrat, both gave their lives for a principle. Garrison stood like a rock in the early days, booted, beaten, despised. Phillips braved the storm of the slave owner later, and beggared himself in the cause. ""Brothers in Arms"" at first, they came to a parting of the ways, but were eventually conciliated. Phillips' triumph after the war was not shared by Garrison; but Garrison had his triumph in the international field. When each one died, what Korngold states of Phillips could have been said of Garrison as well: ""If during his lifetime opinion about him had been divided, at his death there was virtual unanimity that the country had lost one of its greatest man"". Thrilling-conscientiously written- of interest to students of the period, to those who enjoy psychological biography. Well documented.

Pub Date: Jan. 25th, 1949
Publisher: Little, Brown