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The Papers of David Settle Reid, Volume II, 1853-1913
The Papers of David Settle Reid Volume II 1853-1913 Author:Lindley S. Butler The papers of David Settle Reid, volume II, encompasses a time of rapid and tumultuous change that started with the brewing sectional crisis of the 1850s and continued through the Civil War and Reconstruction. This volume begins with Reid's second term as governor, a two-year period marked by rapid growth in internal improvements in the state, ... more »particularly railroads and turnpikes. Near the end of his term as governor, Reid became a U.S. senator, and during his years in Washington he witnessed the intensification of the sectional conflict. He was later a delegate to the ill-fated Washington Peace Conference of 1861 and to the state constitutional conventions of 1861-1862 and 1875.
In this collection, letters between family members offer a view of domestic life in the rural South, particularly during the antebellum years. Reid is seen not only as a governor and senator but also as a father and husband. Pastimes, travel, children, and other facets of family life are included in the correspondence. During the time period covered in this volume, two of the Reid children died, and the letters related to these deaths are especially poignant.« less