By Louis P. Masur
1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school scholar may still comprehend what those years intended to American heritage. yet wars and financial failures will not be our basically pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter means, swayed the process our kingdom. 1831 was once one in every of them, and during this notable new paintings, Louis Masur exhibits us precisely how.
The yr started with a sunlight eclipse, for lots of an omen of powerful 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. 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 come back. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering american citizens' dating 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, through 1831 it was once changing into all too yes that political rancor, the fight over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological improvement could eclipse the wonderful capability of the early republic--and lead the country to secession and civil struggle. this is often an leading edge and demanding interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur