New York: The McClure Company, 1907-8. First Editions. Octavos; 406pp; , 467pp; x, 486pp. Name stamp to pastedowns, small name label to ffeps, moderate wear, especially to extremities, else Very Good copies in publisher's maroon cloth lettered in gold and blind-stamped; top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Illustrated with tissue-protected portraits and original drawings. Item #21232
'Carl Schurz (1829 – 1906) was a German revolutionary and an American statesman, journalist, and reformer. He immigrated to the United States after the German revolutions of 1848–49 and became a prominent member of the new Republican Party. After serving as a Union general in the American Civil War, he helped found the short-lived Liberal Republican Party and became a prominent advocate of civil service reform. Schurz represented Missouri in the United States Senate and was the 13th United States Secretary of the Interior.' (wiki) Schurz was a strong advocate for the anti-slavery movement was the first German-born American elected to the U.S. Senate. Schurz sought to make civil service based on merit rather than political and party connections and helped prevent the transfer of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the War Department. Schurz moved to New York City after Rutherford Hayes left office in 1881 and briefly served as the editor of the New York Evening Post and The Nation and later became the editorial writer for Harper's Weekly.