William W. Holden and the Standard : the Civil War years

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jannette Carringer Fiore (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Richard Bardolph

Abstract: One of the most controversial Civil War political figures in North Carolina was William W. Holden, editor of the powerful Raleigh, North Carolina Standard, member consecutively of four political parties, and reconstruction governor of North Carolina. Holden has been generallv regarded as a politically ambitious and unscrupulous man, as well as something of a traitor for his role as advocate of peace during the Civil War. Holden, trained in newspaper work from boyhood, left the Whig partv in 1843 to accept the editorship of the Standard, the Democratic partv organ in Raleigh. He rapidly built it into the largest paper in the state and became a leader in the Democratic partv, and one of its more liberal voices. Originally a defender of the right of secession, his liberal position on other matters and his humble origins had led by 1860 to his alienation from the leadership of his party, and from the slaveholding interest in North Carolina.

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Language: English
Date: 1966
Holden, W. W. $q (William Woods), $d 1818-1892
North Carolina $x Politics and government $y 1861-1865
United States $x History $y Civil War, 1861-1865 $x Journalists

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