A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen by Kenneth C. Davis

By Kenneth C. Davis

Following his New York Times bestseller America's Hidden History, Kenneth C. Davis explores the gritty first 1/2 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 USA emerged from its inauspicious starting as a tiny infant kingdom, 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 may be able to have imagined. And it used to be an period that finally ended in the nice, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil warfare.

The narratives that shape A state Rising each one exemplify the "hidden history" of the United States, exploring a enormously 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 study 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 turning 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 center 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, 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 perhaps be
* the tale of Jessie Benton FrÉmont and Lt. John C. FrÉmont, a extraordinary couple who jointly helped open the West, deliver California into the Union, and gave literal form to the kingdom today

the problems raised in those intertwined stories—ambition, energy, territorial growth, slavery, intolerance, civil rights, freedom of the press—continue to make headlines. The ensuing e-book isn't just riveting storytelling in its personal correct, yet a stirring reminder of the ways that our historical past keeps to form our current.

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Nearly fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy said, “For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold to the clichés of our forebears…. ”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.

A decade later, those Enlightenment ideas would burst through in the form of deism and a new belief in the rights of man, which contributed powerfully to the Revolutionary mood in an America on the road to independence. One of the intense sparks behind this dynamic revival of old-fashioned fire-and-brimstone Calvinism was the arrival in America, in 1739, of an Anglican preacher, George Whitefield, whose reputation as an orator brought thousands to his outdoor meetings, large-scale revivals that might be likened to the modern “crusades” of Billy Graham.

In exchange for their support, Hamilton agreed that the new national capital would be built in the South. It is also worth noting that, as John Steele Gordon writes in An Empire of Wealth, Hamilton’s program was an immediate success and the new United States bonds sold out in weeks. “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.

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