Turmoil and strife followed the U.S. Civil War: news of reconstruction, industrialization, the Gilded Age, labor struggles, and women’s suffrage monopolized newspaper headlines. Through it all, a family paper born in Boston, The Youth’s Companion, was a welcome touchstone in half a million homes across the nation. Featuring the voices of poets and presidents, reports on science and tales of travel, The Youth’s Companion not only promoted patriotism and temperance but educated and enlightened its readers about events, people, and places both near and far. From the security of his home and office, reclusive publisher Daniel Sharp Ford quietly used his wealth to help thousands of disadvantaged people. None but the Best turns back the pages of time to reveal a man whose generosity has left its mark across the city and the nation.
None but the Best was commissioned by the Boston Baptist Social Union for its 150th anniversary.