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 mess ups should not our in basic terms pivotal occasions, and different years have, in a quieter manner, swayed the process our state. 1831 was once one in every of them, and during this impressive new paintings, Louis Masur exhibits us precisely how.
The 12 months all started with a sun eclipse, for lots of an omen of effective 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 significant observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the critiques that might form the world's view of the United States for generations to return. New applied sciences, in the meantime, have been dramatically altering americans' courting with the land, and Andrew Jackson's harsh regulations 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 sure 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 is often an cutting edge and not easy interpretation of a key second in antibellum America.
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1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur