By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school pupil should still understand what those years intended to American heritage. yet wars and monetary mess ups should not our in basic terms pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter manner, swayed the process our country. 1831 was once certainly one of them, and during this awesome new paintings, Louis Masur exhibits us precisely how.
The yr begun with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of effective alterations -- and for as soon as, such predictions held precise. Nat Turner's uprising quickly undefined, then ever-more violent congressional arguments over slavery and tarrifs. non secular revivalism swept the North, and critical observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the reviews that will form the world's view of the US for generations to return. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering american citizens' dating with the land, and Andrew Jackson's harsh rules towards the Cherokee erased such a lot Indians' final hopes of autonomy. As Masur's research makes transparent, by way of 1831 it was once changing into all too convinced that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement may perhaps eclipse the wonderful capability of the early republic--and lead the country to secession and civil battle. this is often an cutting edge and demanding interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur