In the introduction to Edmund G. Ross: Soldier-Senator-Abolitionist, author Richard A. Ruddy commented: his interest in this subject “began in part with John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.…” As a volunteer at the Albuquerque Museum, Ruddy learned there was more to Ross than Kennedy’s portrait of him.
Ross was an avid abolitionist, participated in “Bleeding Kansas,” fought for the Union and ultimately became territorial governor of New Mexico. Ruddy’s research weaves together primary and secondary sources, but the book is not a rousing read. Fortunately for True West readers, Ruddy’s strongest chapters are those covering Ross’s New Mexico years.
–John P. Langellier, director of Arizona Historical Society— Central Division