By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school pupil may still be aware of what those years intended to American historical past. yet wars and fiscal mess ups should not our purely pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter manner, swayed the process our kingdom. 1831 was once one among them, and during this notable new paintings, Louis Masur indicates us precisely how.
The 12 months all started with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of potent alterations -- 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 evaluations 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' 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, by means 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 possibly eclipse the fantastic capability of the early republic--and lead the country to secession and civil struggle. this can be an cutting edge and difficult interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur