By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school pupil should still understand what those years intended to American heritage. yet wars and fiscal failures are usually not our purely pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter manner, swayed the process our kingdom. 1831 used to be considered one of them, and during this awesome new paintings, Louis Masur indicates us precisely how.
The 12 months started with a sun eclipse, for lots of an omen of strong adjustments -- and for as soon as, such predictions held actual. Nat Turner's uprising quickly undefined, then ever-more violent congressional arguments over slavery and tarrifs. spiritual revivalism swept the North, and significant observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the critiques that might form the world's view of the USA for generations to come back. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering american citizens' courting with the land, and Andrew Jackson's harsh rules towards the Cherokee erased so much Indians' final hopes of autonomy. As Masur's research makes transparent, through 1831 it used to be turning into all too convinced that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement may possibly eclipse the wonderful power of the early republic--and lead the kingdom to secession and civil battle. this can be an cutting edge and tough interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur