Coverart for item
The Resource Throes of democracy : the American Civil War era, 1829-1877, Walter A. McDougall

Throes of democracy : the American Civil War era, 1829-1877, Walter A. McDougall

Label
Throes of democracy : the American Civil War era, 1829-1877
Title
Throes of democracy
Title remainder
the American Civil War era, 1829-1877
Statement of responsibility
Walter A. McDougall
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.7
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E338
LC item number
.M38 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Throes of democracy : the American Civil War era, 1829-1877, Walter A. McDougall
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1107706
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxvi, 787 pages
Isbn
9780060567514
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007026499
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1107706
  • (Sirsi) 1107706
  • (OCoLC)154677373
Label
Throes of democracy : the American Civil War era, 1829-1877, Walter A. McDougall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1107706
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition
Extent
xxvi, 787 pages
Isbn
9780060567514
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007026499
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1107706
  • (Sirsi) 1107706
  • (OCoLC)154677373

Library Locations

    • Reuben Hoar Library (Littleton)Borrow it
      41 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA, 01460, US
      42.5421931 -71.48061799999999
Processing Feedback ...