By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school pupil should still be aware of what those years intended to American heritage. yet wars and monetary failures aren't our basically pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter method, swayed the process our country. 1831 used to be considered one of them, and during this awesome new paintings, Louis Masur indicates us precisely how.
The 12 months begun with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of amazing adjustments -- and for as soon as, such predictions held real. 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 evaluations that might form the world's view of the US for generations to return. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering americans' courting with the land, and Andrew Jackson's harsh regulations towards the Cherokee erased such a lot Indians' final hopes of autonomy. As Masur's research makes transparent, through 1831 it used to be turning into all too sure that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement could eclipse the fantastic power of the early republic--and lead the state to secession and civil warfare. this can be an leading edge and tough interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur