Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909

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American writer and diplomat.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to A.H. Rathbone, 1893 Aug. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270470872

Author and diplomat.

From the description of Letters of Hinton Rowan Helper, 1860-1901. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450859

Hinton Rowan Helper, born December 27, 1829 in Davie County, North Carolina, was a Southern critic of slavery whose books inflamed the South. His objection to the system was not moral (his belief in the radical inferiority of African-Americans was absolute), but economic; he blamed slavery for the poverty of most Caucasian Southerners. Helper spent three years in California during the Gold Rush, and began his authorial career in 1854 by writing a harshly critical book on the Golden State, "The Land of Gold: Reality Versus Fiction." Other well-known books by Helper are "The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It" (1857) -- a book often considered second only to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in its impact on 1850s public opinion -- and "Nojoque: A Question for a Continent" (1867). Helper also wrote on the subject of railroads. During the Civil War, he served as United States Consul in Buenos Aires. Hinton R. Helper died in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 1909.

From the description of Letter from Hinton R. Helper to Harper & Row, Publishers, 1854. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 85180646

American diplomat and writer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Gen. Carlos Butterfield, 1871 Mar. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270470842

Hinton Rowan Helper (1829-1909) was an abolitionist author most famous for his book The Impending Crisis of the South. Helper lived in Salisbury and Asheville, North Carolina, as well as in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Washington, DC. His brother Hanson Pickney Helper lived in Davidson, North Carolina and operated the Helper Hotel.

From the description of Collection 1882-1946. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 722087881

Author, businessman; consul, Buenos Aires, 1861-1866.

From the description of Letter : St. Louis, [Mo.], to Francis M. Cockrell, Washington, D.C., 1883 Nov. 30. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33809549

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referencedIn Hedrick, Benjamin Sherwood, 1827-1886. Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick papers, 1843-1890. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Joseph R. Hawley Papers, 1638-1906, (bulk 1841-1906) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Anthon, William Henry, 1827-1875. William Henry Anthon correspondence, 1856-1863. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers, 1766-1912 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Helper, hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Autograph letter signed : New York, to A.H. Rathbone, 1893 Aug. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Edmands, J. Wiley (John Wiley), 1809-1877. John Wiley Edmands letter, 1860 Nov. 8. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library.
referencedIn [New York broadside collection 1802-1868]. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Gill family. Letters, 1851-1875. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Letter to John Sherman. New York, NY. 1896 Oct. 19. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Eichhorn, Rudolph, 1822-1907. Rudolph Eichhorn papers, 1852-1903. Historical Society of Washington, Dc
creatorOf Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879. Letters, 1860-1876. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903. Papers, 1842-1901, (bulk 1855-1886). Lincoln Memorial University Library, Carnegie-Vincent Library
referencedIn Hedrick, Benjamin Sherwood, 1827-1886. Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick papers, 1848-1893. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Longstreet, James, 1821-1904. James Longstreet papers, 1850-1904. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Gill family. Letters, 1851-1875. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Hawley, Joseph R. (Joseph Roswell), 1826-1905. Papers of Joseph R. Hawley, 1638-1906 (bulk 1841-1906). Library of Congress
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Autograph letter signed : New York, to Gen. Carlos Butterfield, 1871 Mar. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Collection 1882-1946. Davidson College, Davidson College Library
referencedIn Massie, Thomas E., 1822-1863. Letter of Thomas E. Massie [manuscript], 1854 March 16. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Letter : New York City, to the Bible Brothers. Natural History Museum Los Angeles County Foundation, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
referencedIn Randolph, Thomas Jefferson, 1792-1875. Letters to Nahum Capen, 1873-1874. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Holbrook, Stewart Hall, 1893-1964. [The Civil war ; miscellaneous materials about the American civil war.]. Angelo State University Library, Porter Henderson Library
referencedIn William Woodville Rockhill papers, 1826-1941. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sewall family. Robie-Sewall family papers, 1611-1905. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Letter from Hinton R. Helper to Harper & Row, Publishers, 1854. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Gerrit Smith Papers, 1762-1962 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1890. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Letter : St. Louis, [Mo.], to Francis M. Cockrell, Washington, D.C., 1883 Nov. 30. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Letters of Hinton Rowan Helper, 1860-1901. Library of Congress
referencedIn Easley, William King, 1825-1872. William King Easley papers, 1830-1871. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909. Letter to William Smith Bryan. New York, NY. 1896 Jul. 11. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Underwood, John C. (John Curtiss), 1809-1873. Papers of John C. Underwood, 1856-1898 (bulk 1857-1872). Library of Congress
referencedIn Croom, Elizabeth Rudder Fearrington. Elizabeth Rudder Fearrington Croom collection, 1755-1968 [manuscript]. East Carolina University, Joyner Library
referencedIn Spring, Rebecca Buffum. Raritan Bay Union and Eagleswood Military Academy collection, 1836-1973. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn William Henry Anthon correspondence, 1856-1863 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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associatedWith Anthon, William Henry, 1827-1875. person
associatedWith Axton, April, person
associatedWith Bryan, William Smith, 1846-1940, person
associatedWith Butterfield, Carlos, fl. 1871, person
associatedWith Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903. person
associatedWith Cockrell, Francis Marion, 1834-1915, person
associatedWith Croom, Elizabeth Rudder Fearrington. person
associatedWith Dickinson family, collector. family
associatedWith Easley, William King, 1825-1872. person
associatedWith Edmands, J. Wiley (John Wiley), 1809-1877. person
correspondedWith Eichhorn, Rudolph, 1822-1907. person
associatedWith Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879. person
associatedWith Gill family. person
associatedWith Gill family. family
associatedWith Harper & Row, Publishers. corporateBody
associatedWith Hawley, Joseph R. (Joseph Roswell), 1826-1905. person
associatedWith Hedrick, Benjamin Sherwood, 1827-1886. person
associatedWith Longstreet, James, 1821-1904. person
associatedWith Massie, Thomas E., 1822-1863. person
correspondedWith MAY-GODDARD FAMILY family
correspondedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Randolph, Thomas Jefferson, 1792-1875. person
associatedWith Rathbone, A. H., person
correspondedWith Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914 person
associatedWith Sewall family. family
associatedWith Sherman, John, 1823-1900, person
associatedWith Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Underwood, John C. (John Curtiss), 1809-1873. person
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Birth 1829-12-27

Death 1909-03-08

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