Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise in America: 1848-1877

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Brenda Wineapple looks at one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's past, when the country dreamed of expansion and new freedom, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery. Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 includes extraordinary characters, such as P. T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L.C Q. Lamar, and brilliantly balances cultural and political history.


Brenda Wineapple

Comments [2]

Jeffrey Marker from Brooklyn

Fed up with the idea of slaves being counted as 3/5 has anything to do with how they were viewed as human or not. It was a political/economic argument. In some ways the north wanted them not counted at all, while the south would have preferred to count them fully, since it affected representation in Congress, thus Southern power.

Aug. 07 2013 01:45 PM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

Great conversation - great period in history.
What role does the author believe that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin had in changing minds against slavery?


Aug. 07 2013 01:42 PM

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