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Ernest Gruening: Alaska's Greatest Governor

by Claus-M Naske

Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781889963358

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Overview of Ernest Gruening: Alaska's Greatest Governor

"In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Ernest Gruening governor of territorial Alaska. What followed were twenty historic years that changed the face of North America when Alaska became a state in 1959." "Using unpublished archival materials, Claus-M. Naske follows Gruening from Puerto Rico to the Pacific Islands and from Alaska to Antarctica. As governor, Gruening devoted himself to the economic development of Alaska and fought discrimination against Alaska Natives. In 1958, he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he opposed the Vietnam War and earned a reputation for his liberal views on civil rights." "Gruening's letters and memos reveal the challenges that he faced every day as an activist governor and senator. As a man of talent, ambition, and ego, Gruening met conflict head-on and gained the respect of Alaskans for his honesty and plain speech." The life of Ernest Gruening is a personal account of Alaska statehood, as well as a political odyssey through the twentieth century.

Synopsis of Ernest Gruening: Alaska's Greatest Governor

Remembered as one of the few U.S. Senators to oppose the Vietnam War, Ernest Gruening came to the Senate after a long political career, which included an extensive tenure as the appointed governor of territorial Alaska. After a brief profile of Gruening's pre-Alaska career, Naske (history, U. of Alaska Fairbanks) spends the bulk of his narrative on Gruening's governorship. Beginning in 1939, his tenure involved issues of war in the Pacific, taxes, native rights, and statehood. Gruening's Senate career also receives significant attention, including discussion of his campaigns, battles over conservation, and Vietnam. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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