The pen makes a good sword John Forsyth of the Mobile register

Burnett, Lonnie A. (Lonnie Alexander), 1958-

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  • Creator Lonnie A. Burnett
  • Format Books
  • Publication Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2006.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (248 p.)
  • ISBNs 9780817381745, 0817381740
  • OCLC ocn607913091


  • This book is a biography of Alabama native John Forsyth Jr. and documents his career as a southern newspaper editor during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods. From 1837 to 1877 Forsyth wrote about many of the most important events of the 19th century. He used his various positions as an editor, Civil War field correspondent, and Reconstruction critic at the MobileRegister to advocate on behalf of both the South and the Democratic Party. In addition, Forsyth played an active role in the events taking place around him through his politi


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-227) and index.
  • English


  • Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: "The Pen Makes a Good Sword"; 1. "The Great Son of a Noble Sire"; 2. "What Rare Times We New Opposition Editors Will Have"; 3. "We Are in a Fit of Disquiet"; 4. "Cannot We Pause a Moment to Think of Our Country?"; 5." Sacrificed on the Altar of Duty"; 6. The "Disturber" of the Democracy; Photographs; 7. "The Cause of the Union was Lost"; 8. "The Zenith of Today Is the Nadir of Tomorrow"; Conclusion: "We Never Doubted Where John Forsyth Stood"; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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