By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school scholar may still be aware of what those years intended to American historical past. yet wars and financial failures are usually not our purely pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter approach, swayed the process our kingdom. 1831 was once considered one of them, and during this extraordinary new paintings, Louis Masur exhibits us precisely how.
The yr started with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of amazing 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 might form the world's view of the USA for generations to come back. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering american citizens' courting 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, via 1831 it was once turning into all too convinced 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 battle. 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