By Walter A. McDougall
"And then there got here an afternoon of fire!" From its stunning curtain-raiser--the conflagration that fed on reduce new york in 1835--to the climactic centennial yr of 1876, while americans staged a corrupt, deadlocked presidential crusade (fought out in Florida), Walter A. McDougall's Throes of Democracy: the yank Civil battle period, 1829-1877 throws off sparks like a flywheel. This eagerly awaited sequel to Freedom simply round the nook: a brand new American background, 1585-1828 includes the saga of the yank people's non-stop self-reinvention from the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson during the eras of occur future, Civil conflict, and Reconstruction, America's first failed campaign to place "freedom at the march" via regime switch and state construction. yet Throes of Democracy is way greater than a political background. right here, for the 1st time, is the yankee epic as lived through Germans and Irish, Catholics and Jews, in addition to humans of British Protestant and African American inventory; an epic outlined as a lot by means of fogeys in Wisconsin, Kansas, and Texas as by way of these in Massachusetts, long island, and Virginia; an epic within which Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, showman P. T. Barnum, and circus clown Dan Rice determine as prominently as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Henry Ward Beecher; an epic within which railroad administration and land hypothesis turn out as gripping as Indian wars. Walter A. McDougall's zesty, irreverent narrative says whatever new, intelligent, ironic, or humorous approximately nearly every thing because it unearths our nationwide penchant for pretense--a predilection that explains either the periodic throes of democracy and the perennial resilience of the us.
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