Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era 1829-1877
Walter A. McDougall
"And then there came a day of fire!" From its shocking curtain-raiser--the conflagration that consumed Lower Manhattan in 1835--to the climactic centennial year of 1876, when Americans staged a corrupt, deadlocked presidential campaign (fought out in Florida), Walter A. McDougall's Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877 throws off sparks like a flywheel. This eagerly awaited sequel to Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History, 1585-1828 carries the saga of the American people's continuous self-reinvention from the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson through the eras of Manifest Destiny, Civil War, and Reconstruction, America's first failed crusade to put "freedom on the march" through regime change and nation building. But Throes of Democracy is much more than a political history. Here, for the first time, is the American epic as lived by Germans and Irish, Catholics and Jews, as well as people of British Protestant and African American stock; an epic defined as much by folks in Wisconsin, Kansas, and Texas as by those in Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia; an epic in which Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, showman P. T. Barnum, and circus clown Dan Rice figure as prominently as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Henry Ward Beecher; an epic in which railroad management and land speculation prove as gripping as Indian wars. Walter A. McDougall's zesty, irreverent narrative says something new, shrewd, ironic, or funny about almost everything as it reveals our national penchant for pretense--a predilection that explains both the periodic throes of democracy and the perennial resilience of the United States.
Reconcile either Catholics or Presbyterians, especially the radical Puritans. But all English Protestants could agree on their archenemy when the Spanish armada sailed in 1588, sparking fifteen years of total war. England was God’s earthly sword, slaying the Spanish dragon like Saint George. Hence, the second spirit in which Englishmen settled America was fierce, at times paranoid, anti-Catholicism. The third was geopolitical. If Spain and then France were religious enemies, so, too were they.
Received a hefty portion of the compensatory payment because most of the West Indian plantations were mortgaged. The �20 million represented a huge sum equivalent to 40 percent of the realm’s annual budget. William Wilberforce lived, barely, to witness the final triumph of a movement he had begun nearly fifty years before. 37. See James Brewer Stewart, William Lloyd Garrison and the Challenge of Emancipation (Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, 1992); Henry Mayer, All on Fire: William.
From his eclectic mansion in Saint Paul until 1903. 79. On the grasshopper plagues, see the discussion and maps in William Watts Folwell, The History of Minnesota, 4 vols. (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1921–1930), 3: 93–111. On post–Civil War agriculture, see Merrill E.. Jarchow, The Earth Brought Forth: A History of Minnesota Agriculture to 1885 (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1949), pp. 80–261. 80. Blegen, Minnesota: A History, pp. 287–383; Leonard H. Bridges, Iron.
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