Saturday, July 23, 2011

Outstanding biographical essay about Harrison Gray Otis

Left-labor historian Mike Davis has written an outstanding biographical essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books on the legendary, notorious and often odious Harrison Gray Otis, who truly was the founding force of the Los Angeles Times. Davis brings us color and depth to Otis' life that leaves us definitely wanting more.

As with Henry Cabot Lodge, himself a devotee of JQA, Otis started out as pro-African-American with abolitionist tendencies, owing to his fighting for the Union ("North") in the US Civil War.

I'd love to see Davis be able to translate this essay into a book length biography...

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