Ecstatic Nation

Ecstatic Nation

Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

eBook - 2013
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aFor America, the mid-nineteenth century was an era of vast expectation and expansion: the country dreamed big, craved new lands, developed new technologies, and after too long a delay, finally confronted its greatest moral failure: slavery. Award-winning historian and literary critic Brenda Wineapple explores these feverish, ecstatic, conflicted years when Americans began to live within new and ever-widening borders, both spiritual and geographic; fought a devastating war over parallel ideals of freedom and justice; and transformed their country, at tragic cost, from a confederation into one nation, indivisible.Populated by idiosyncratic, unforgettable characters such as P. T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, George Armstrong Custer, Horace Greeley, and Jefferson Davis, Ecstatic NationEcstatic Nation is a spellbinding tale of America--its glory and greed, its aspirations and humiliations--in this exhilarating and momentous period.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062278807
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 722 p.) : ill., col. maps


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