Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
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Dazzling in scope, Ecstatic Nation illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's past, when the country dreamed big, craved new lands and new freedom, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery. With a canvas of extraordinary characters, such as P. T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L. C. Q. Lamar, Ecstatic Nation brilliantly balances cultural and political history: It's a riveting account of the sectional conflict that preceded the Civil War, and it astutely chronicles the complex aftermath of that war and Reconstruction, including the promise that women would share in a new definition of American citizenship. It takes us from photographic surveys of the Sierra Nevadas to the discovery of gold in the South Dakota hills, and it signals the painful, thrilling birth of modern America.
An epic tale by award-winning author Brenda Wineapple, Ecstatic Nation lyrically and with true originality captures the optimism, the failures, and the tragic exuberance of a renewed Republic.
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Engrossing social history!
Wineapple's book is superb. It weaves factual history with a wealth of social and political currents, and thereby illuminates the context in which events happen. For me it's been a great complement to Doris Kearns Goodwin's A TEAM OF RIVALS, which is more exclusively focused on personalities.
Highly recommended for history buffs, Americanists, and anyone who wants to fill in how the regional tensions within the US got to be the way they are now. And extremely well written!