Robert Ilisevich presents a compelling political biography of Galusha A. Grow, an often-overlooked, yet influential American politician during the nineteenth century.
Galusha Grow served six terms in the House of Representatives, from 1851 to 1863, representing the district of northeastern Pennsylvania. His concern for the working poor and antislavery views made him a radical Free-Soiler and led to his support of the Homestead Act of 1862.
The present volume commences the reassessment of an important political figure and will prove useful to students of the period. Written in a clear and straightforward way, it will also engage the interest of many general readers.
Robert Ilisevich has presented a useful interpretation of Galusha Grow's political career [and] done his subject a valuable service in helping to rescue him from undeserved obscurity.
What Professor Ilisevich has provided is in large part a study of Pennsylvania politics during the ante-bellum and post-Civil War years with attention centered on the political career of Galusha A. Grow.
Ilisevich has undertaken the heroic job of rescuing Grow from seeming historical oblivion. . . . Solidly written and interesting.