Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 (Paperback)

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For 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.

A masterful synthesis of political, cultural, and intellectual history, breathtaking in sweep and scope, Ecstatic Nation is a spellbinding tale of America its glory and greed, its aspirations and humiliations in this exhilarating and momentous period.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061234583
ISBN-10: 0061234583
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pages: 722
Language: English
Series: American History