By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school scholar should still recognize what those years intended to American historical past. yet wars and monetary failures are usually not our purely pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter method, swayed the process our kingdom. 1831 was once one in all them, and during this notable new paintings, Louis Masur exhibits us precisely how.
The 12 months started with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of strong 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. non secular revivalism swept the North, and critical observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the evaluations that may form the world's view of the US for generations to return. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering americans' courting with the land, and Andrew Jackson's harsh guidelines towards the Cherokee erased such a lot Indians' final hopes of autonomy. As Masur's research makes transparent, via 1831 it used to be changing into all too convinced that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement may eclipse the fantastic power of the early republic--and lead the kingdom to secession and civil warfare. this is often an cutting edge and hard interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur