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Wineapple, Brenda
Ecstatic nation : confidence, crisis, and compromise, 1848-1877 / Brenda Wineapple
First edition
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E415.7 .W75 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- History -- 1849-1877
Subject(s) Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Subject United States -- Territorial expansion -- History -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Subject(s) Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Physical Description x, 722 pages : map ; 24 cm
Note Maps on lining papers
Includes bibliographical references (pages 667-693) and index
Contents The end of Earth -- 1848-1861. Higher laws ; Who ain't a slave? ; One aggresses ; Democracy ; Sovereignty ; Revolutions never go backward ; The impending crisis ; A clank of metal -- 1861-1865. On to Richmond ; Battle cry of freedom ; This thing now never seems to stop ; The last full measure of devotion ; Fairly won ; Armed liberty ; And this is Richmond ; The simple, fierce deed -- 1865-1876. But half accomplished ; Amphitheatrum Johnsonianum ; Power ; Deep water ; Running from the past ; Westward the course of empire ; With the Ten Commandments in one hand ; Conciliation, or, The living
Summary 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 balances cultural and political history: it provides an account of the sectional conflict that preceded the Civil War, and it 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.--From publisher description

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