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 failures aren't our basically pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter means, swayed the process our country. 1831 used to be one among them, and during this extraordinary new paintings, Louis Masur indicates us precisely how.
The yr begun with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of robust 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. non secular revivalism swept the North, and demanding observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the critiques that may form the world's view of the USA for generations to come back. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering americans' dating 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, by means of 1831 it used to be turning into all too sure that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement may possibly eclipse the fantastic strength of the early republic--and lead the country to secession and civil conflict. this can be an cutting edge and difficult interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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