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By Kenneth C. Davis

Following his New York Times bestseller America's Hidden History, Kenneth C. Davis explores the gritty first half the 19th century—among the main tumultuous classes during this nation's brief existence.

within the dramatic interval that spans approximately from 1800 via 1850, the USA emerged from its inauspicious starting as a tiny baby country, suffering for survival and political harmony at the Atlantic seaboard, to a near-empire that spanned the continent. It was once a time within which the "dream of our founders" unfold in ways in which few males of that progressive iteration may be able to have imagined. And it used to be an period that eventually ended in the nice, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil conflict.

The narratives that shape A state Rising each one exemplify the "hidden history" of the United States, exploring a significantly extra advanced route to nationhood than the tidily packaged nationwide fable of a future made occur via visionary political leaders and fearless pioneers. as an alternative, Davis (whose writing People journal in comparison to "returning to the school room of the easiest instructor you ever had") explores many historic episodes that reverberate to at the present time, together with:
* Aaron Burr's 1807 trial, showcasing the political intrigue of the early Republic and changing into certainly one of our nation's first media circuses
* an 1813 Indian rebellion and an resulting bloodbath that exposes the strong conflicts on the middle of America's expansion
* a mutiny aboard the slave send Creole and the ways that the establishment of slavery either destroyed lives and warped our nation's founding
* the "Dade Massacre" and the beginning of the second one Seminole warfare, a protracted, lethal clash among Indian tribes, their African American allies, and the emergent U.S. Army
* the bloody "Bible Riots" in Philadelphia, demonstrating how lethal anti-immigrant sentiment may perhaps be
* the tale of Jessie Benton FrÉmont and Lt. John C. FrÉmont, a outstanding couple who jointly helped open the West, convey California into the Union, and gave literal form to the kingdom today

the problems raised in those intertwined stories—ambition, strength, territorial growth, slavery, intolerance, civil rights, freedom of the press—continue to make headlines. The ensuing booklet is not just riveting storytelling in its personal correct, yet a stirring reminder of the ways that our background maintains to form our current.

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In 1789, the United States had been a financial basket case, its obligations unsalable, its ability to borrow nil,” says Gordon. …The ability of the federal government to borrow huge sums of money at affordable rates in times of emergency—such as during the Civil War and the Great Depression—has been an immense national asset. In large measure we owe that ability to Alexander Hamilton’s policies that were put in place at the dawn of the Republic. ” 4 But many Americans of the day, especially southerners, lacked that historical long view.

When the nineteenth century began, written messages and armies moved as they had for thousands of years. By the middle of that century, information was sent over telegraph lines in minutes. Steam revolutionized the movement of people, armies, and goods. America began to be transformed in other less material, less utilitarian ways as well. This was the era that saw an emergence of “homegrown” American arts and letters. ” All injected vitality into American letters. And many would cross the line between art and politics—actively writing, often in harshly critical terms, about the American scene they observed.

Initially heading for the nation’s capital, the party learned that Burr would be tried instead in Richmond, Virginia’s state capital. ”7 Word of Burr’s approach and the rumored details of his capture had begun to appear in the national press, which by now had turned completely against Burr. Some of the newspapers reported that Burr arrived in Virginia wearing the outfit in which he had been captured. Others speculated that he was wearing a disguise, which he had planned to use when he invaded Mexico.

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