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Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
(April 17, 1870 in Lansing, Michigan
Lansing, Michigan
– July 12, 1946 in Amherst, Massachusetts)[1][2] (also known by his pen name David Grayson) was an American journalist, historian, biographer, and author.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Footnotes 3 Works 4 Further reading 5 External links

Biography[edit] Baker was born in Michigan. After graduating from the State Agricultural College (now Michigan State University), he attended law school at the University of Michigan
University of Michigan
in 1891 before launching his career as a journalist in 1892 with the Chicago News-Record, where he covered the Pullman Strike
Pullman Strike
and Coxey's Army
Coxey's Army
in 1894. In 1896, Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
married Jessie Beal. They had four children: Alice Beal (1897), James Stannard (1889), Roger Denio (1902), and Rachel Moore (1906). In 1898[3] Baker joined the staff of McClure's, a pioneer muckraking magazine, and quickly rose to prominence along with Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell. He also dabbled in fiction, writing children's stories for the magazine Youth's Companion and a nine-volume series of stories about rural living in America, the first of which was titled Adventures in Contentment (1910) under his pseudonym David Grayson, which reached millions of readers worldwide. In 1907, dissatisfied with the muckraker label, Baker, Steffens, and Tarbell left McClure's
McClure's
and founded The American Magazine. In 1908 after the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot got him involved, Baker published the book Following the Color Line: An Account of Negro Citizenship in the American Democracy, becoming the first prominent journalist to examine America's racial divide; it was extremely successful. Sociologist Rupert Vance says it is:

the best account of race relations in the South during the period – one that reads like field notes for the future historian. This account was written during the zenith of Washingtonian movement and shows the optimism that it inspired among both liberals and moderates. The book is also notable for its realistic accounts of Negro town life.[4]

He followed up that work with numerous articles in the following decade. In 1910, he moved to the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. In 1912 Baker supported the presidential candidacy of Woodrow Wilson, which led to a close relationship between the two men, and in 1918 Wilson sent Baker to Europe to study the war situation. During peace negotiations, Baker served as Wilson's press secretary at Versailles. He eventually published 15 volumes about Wilson and internationalism, including the six-volume The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson (1925-1927) with William Edward Dodd,[5] and the 8-volume Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters (1927–1939), the last two volumes of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
in 1940. He served as an adviser on Darryl F. Zanuck's 1944 film Wilson. Baker wrote two autobiographies, Native American (1941) and American Chronicle (1945). Baker died of a heart attack in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is buried there in Wildwood Cemetery. Buildings have been named in honor of both Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
and David Grayson (his pen name). A dormitory, Grayson Hall, is at the University of Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts
Amherst. The David Grayson Elementary School is in Waterford, Michigan. An academic building, Baker Hall, is at Michigan State University. Baker's brother Hugh Potter Baker
Hugh Potter Baker
was the president of Massachusetts State College, which later became the University of Massachusetts. Footnotes[edit]

^ www.swarthmore.edu ^ www.encyclopedia.com ^ Baker, Ray Stannard (1945). American Chronicle. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 84.  ^ Rupert Vance, "The 20th-century South as Viewed by English-speaking Travelers, 1900-1955" in Thomas D. Clark, ed., Travels in the New South: A Bibliography (vol. 2, 1962) p. 18 ^ ncpedia.org

Works[edit]

Shop Talks on the Wonders of Crafts (Chicago, 1895) Our New Prosperity (New York: Doubleday & Company, McClure, 1900) Seen in Germany (New York: McClure, Phillips, 1901) Boys' Second Book of Inventions (New York: McClure, Phillips, 1903) "The Reign of Lawlessness: Anarchy and Despotism in Colorado," McClure's
McClure's
Magazine, vol. 23, no. 1 (May 1904), pp. 43–57. Adventures in Contentment (1907) (as David Grayson) The Atlanta Riot (1907) Following the Color Line: An Account of Negro Citizenship in the American Democracy (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, New York, 1908) read online New Ideals in Healing (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1909) Adventures in Friendship (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1910) read online The Spiritual Unrest (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1910) read online Great Possessions: A New Series of Adventures (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1917) (as David Grayson) read online What Wilson Did at Paris (New York, 1919) Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
and World Settlement (3 vols.) (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922-1923) read vol. 3 online An American Pioneer in Science: The Life and Service of William James Beal, with Jessie B. Baker (Amherst, Mass: Privately printed, 1925) The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson. With William Edward Dodd. Six volumes. (1925-1927) Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters (8 vols.) (New York: Doubleday, Page, and Doubleday, Doran) (1927-1939), "Youth, 1856-1890" (1927), "Princeton, 1890-1910" (1927), "Governor, 1910-1913 (1931)", "President, 1913-1914" (1931), " Neutrality 1914-1915" (1935), "Facing War, 1915-1917" (1937), "War Leader, April 6, 1917 - February 28, 1918" (1939), "Armistice, March 1 - November 11, 1918 (1939)" (1940 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography). Woodrow Wilson: Neutrality, 1914-1915 (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1935) read online The Capture, Death and Burial of J. Wilkes Booth (Poor Richard Press, 1940) read online Native American: The Book of My Youth (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941) American Chronicle: The Autobiography of Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
(as David Grayson) (Charles Scribner's Son, 1945) read online A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker’s World War I Diary. John Maxwell Hamilton, ed. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

Bannister, Robert C., Ray Stannard Baker: The Mind and Thought of a Progressive. (1966)

External links[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
has original works written by or about: Ray Stannard Baker

Wikimedia Commons has media related to David Grayson.

Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
Papers at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University Works by Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
at Project Gutenberg Works by David Grayson at Project Gutenberg Works by Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
at LibriVox
LibriVox
(public domain audiobooks) Works by or about David Grayson at Internet Archive Works by or about Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
at Internet Archive Bannister, Robert. "Ray Stannard Baker: A Guide to Resources". Retrieved 2006-10-09.  Papers, Special
Special
Collections, Jones Library, Amherst, MA. Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
at Find a Grave Ray Stannard Baker's collected journalism at The Archive of American Journalism

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Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
(1926–1950)

Harvey Cushing
Harvey Cushing
(1926) Emory Holloway (1927) Charles Edward Russell
Charles Edward Russell
(1928) Burton J. Hendrick (1929) Marquis James
Marquis James
(1930) Henry James (1931) Henry F. Pringle (1932) Allan Nevins
Allan Nevins
(1933) Tyler Dennett (1934) Douglas S. Freeman
Douglas S. Freeman
(1935) Ralph Barton Perry (1936) Allan Nevins
Allan Nevins
(1937) Odell Shepard/ Marquis James
Marquis James
(1938) Carl Van Doren (1939) Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
(1940) Ola Elizabeth Winslow (1941) Forrest Wilson (1942) Samuel Eliot Morison
Samuel Eliot Morison
(1943) Carleton Mabee (1944) Russel Blaine Nye (1945) Linnie Marsh Wolfe (1946) William Allen White
William Allen White
(1947) Margaret Clapp
Margaret Clapp
(1948) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1949) Samuel Flagg Bemis (1950)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 35334096 LCCN: n84198048 ISNI: 0000 0001 2127 7971 GND: 12227220X SUDOC: 078674565 NLA: 35012

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