By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school pupil may still comprehend what those years intended to American heritage. yet wars and fiscal failures should not our basically pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter means, swayed the process our country. 1831 was once one in every of them, and during this awesome new paintings, Louis Masur exhibits us precisely how.
The 12 months begun with a sun eclipse, for lots of an omen of robust 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 demanding observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the critiques that might form the world's view of the USA for generations to return. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering americans' dating with the land, and Andrew Jackson's harsh regulations towards the Cherokee erased so much Indians' final hopes of autonomy. As Masur's research makes transparent, by way of 1831 it was once turning into all too convinced that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement may well eclipse the wonderful power of the early republic--and lead the kingdom to secession and civil warfare. this can be 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