1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur - PDF free download eBook

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  • Published: Dec 25, 2015
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1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school student should know what these years meant to American history. But wars and economic disasters are not our only pivotal events, and other years have, in a quieter way, swayed the course of our nation.1831 was one...

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ISBN
9780809041190
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Book language
English
Pages
272
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1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school student should know what these years meant to American history. But wars and economic disasters are not our only pivotal events, and other years have, in a quieter way, swayed the course of our nation.

1831 was one of them, and in this striking new work, Louis Masur shows us exactly how. The year began with a solar eclipse, for many an omen of mighty changes and for once, such predictions held true. Nat Turners rebellion soon followed, then ever-more violent congressional arguments over slavery and tarrifs.

Religious revivalism swept the North, and important observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the opinions that would shape the worlds view of America for generations to come. New technologies, meanwhile, were dramatically changing Americans relationship with the land, and Andrew Jacksons harsh policies toward the Cherokee erased most Indians last hopes of autonomy. As Masurs analysis makes clear, by 1831 it was becoming all too certain that political rancor, the struggle over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological development might eclipse the glorious potential of the early republicand lead the nation to secession and civil war.

This is an innovative and challenging interpretation of a key moment in antibellum America.

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Masur, a professor of history at the City University of New York and the editor of Reviews in American History, is the author of Rites of Execution Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865 violent congressional arguments over slavery and tarrifs. Religious revivalism swept the North, and important observers (including Tocqueville) traveled the land, forming the opinions that would shape the worlds view of America for generations to come. New technologies, meanwhile, were dramatically changing Americans relationship with the land, and Andrew Jacksons harsh policies toward the Cherokee erased most Indians last hopes of autonomy.

As Masurs analysis makes clear, by 1831 it was becoming all too certain that political rancor, the struggle over slavery, the pursuit of individualism, and technological development might eclipse the glorious potential of the early republicand lead the nation to secession and civil war. This is an innovative and challenging interpretation of a key moment in antibellum America.

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