By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school scholar should still be aware of what those years intended to American historical past. yet wars and fiscal mess ups aren't our in basic terms pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter means, swayed the process our state. 1831 was once one among them, and during this amazing new paintings, Louis Masur exhibits us precisely how.
The yr begun with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of strong alterations -- and for as soon as, such predictions held precise. Nat Turner's uprising quickly undefined, then ever-more violent congressional arguments over slavery and tarrifs. non secular revivalism swept the North, and critical observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the evaluations that will form the world's view of the United States 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 guidelines towards the Cherokee erased so much Indians' final hopes of autonomy. As Masur's research makes transparent, by way of 1831 it used to be changing into all too yes that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement may possibly eclipse the wonderful capability of the early republic--and lead the kingdom to secession and civil battle. this is often 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