About the Work
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Men of Our Times in 1868, right off the heels of the American Civil War.
In it she wrote “narratives of the lives and deeds of statesmen, generals and orators” which included “biographical sketches and anecdotes” of men such as President Lincoln, Gen. U.S. Grant, William L. Garrison, Charles Sumner, Salmon P. Chase, Henry Wilson, E.M. Stanton, Frederick Douglas, Gen. W.T. Sherman, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and others.
The first edition contains 18 steel portraits and includes a frontispiece of Stowe.
“Our country has recently passed through a great crisis which has concentrated upon it for a time the attention of the civilized word. It has sustained a shock which the whole world, judging by past experience, said must inevitably shatter the republic to fragments, and yet, like a gallant ship in full sail, it has run down the terrible obstacle, and gone on triumphant, and is this day stronger for the collision. This wonderful success is owing to the character of the people which a Christian Democracy breeds.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe from the Preface to Men of Our Times (1868)