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 sessions during this nation's brief lifestyles.
within the dramatic interval that spans approximately from 1800 via 1850, the us emerged from its inauspicious starting as a tiny baby state, suffering for survival and political solidarity at the Atlantic seaboard, to a near-empire that spanned the continent. It used to be a time during which the "dream of our founders" unfold in ways in which few males of that progressive iteration might be able to have imagined. And it used to be an period that eventually resulted in the good, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil struggle.
The narratives that shape A state Rising each one exemplify the "hidden history" of the United States, exploring a drastically extra advanced route to nationhood than the tidily packaged nationwide delusion of a future made occur by way of visionary political leaders and fearless pioneers. in its place, Davis (whose writing People journal in comparison to "returning to the study room of the easiest instructor you ever had") explores many ancient episodes that reverberate to this present day, together with:
* Aaron Burr's 1807 trial, showcasing the political intrigue of the early Republic and changing into one in every of our nation's first media circuses
* an 1813 Indian rebellion and an resulting bloodbath that exposes the robust 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 battle, an extended, 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 well be
* the tale of Jessie Benton FrÉmont and Lt. John C. FrÉmont, a amazing couple who jointly helped open the West, carry California into the Union, and gave literal form to the state 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 e-book is not just riveting storytelling in its personal correct, yet a stirring reminder of the ways that our heritage keeps to form our current.
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Extra resources for A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History
In June 1776, he joined the New Jersey delegation to Philadelphia and the Continental Congress. He was there to help pass the Declaration of Independence, which he later signed. It was against this backdrop, with growing talk of independence, the rights of man, and resistance to the crown, that sixteen-year-old Aaron Burr graduated from Prince ton in 1772. Expected to follow his father and grandfather into a pulpit, he briefly trained for the ministry in Connecticut before writing to inform his uncle that he preferred to pursue a career in law.
1 GETTING THE WHOLE “truth” and separating it from “myth” raises a question I often hear. ” Why don’t we teach our children, and ourselves, the truth? While doing the research for this book, I stumbled across a perfect example of those well-meaning but misguided attempts to mask reality and varnish the truth. Traveling through Florida to investigate the region’s Spanish past, I visited one of the state’s historic sites: a re-created Spanish colonial settlement, complete with an Apalachee native village.
8 Whitefield’s Christian principles, however, left plenty of room for African slavery, which he advocated and which Franklin himself only gradually came to oppose later in his career. ” There is a notion that the saturation tactics of Madison Avenue media and marketing are a contemporary American invention, but Whitefield pioneered the development of “multiplatform” marketing strategies. ” The other great force occupying an American pulpit at this time was Jonathan Edwards, a Congregational preacher born in Connecticut in 1703.
A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis