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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 lifestyles.

within the dramatic interval that spans approximately from 1800 via 1850, the U.S. emerged from its inauspicious starting as a tiny infant kingdom, suffering for survival and political team spirit 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 ended in the good, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil warfare.

The narratives that shape A state Rising each one exemplify the "hidden history" of the USA, exploring a enormously extra advanced route to nationhood than the tidily packaged nationwide delusion of a future made occur by means 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 all 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 well be
* the tale of Jessie Benton FrÉmont and Lt. John C. FrÉmont, a awesome 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 enlargement, 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 background keeps to form our current.

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Last, the Spanish, and especially their Jesuit priests, had a reputation among American southerners for encouraging slaves to run away. Apart from these “geopolitical” concerns, there was also little love lost for Alexander Hamilton, whom Burr had killed in a duel nearly three years earlier. As George Washington’s secretary of the treasury, Hamilton had created a plan for a new American economy and a banking and credit system that seemed—in the eyes of many Americans—to favor well-heeled easterners at the expense of the less genteel westerners and southerners.

Of course, in the best and worst of times, it is comfortable to think that America has held fast to the “dream of our founders,” a dream that has inspired millions of Americans to work and sacrifice and countless millions more to come to America. ” But is the dream alive? Or worse, is it simply a pipe dream, destined to disappoint? That is a fair question to ask, as America’s faith in the dream has been severely tested in the first decade of the twenty-first century by the toll of terrorism, a series of shocks to the financial system, and a collection of cataclysmic government failures.

In an era that lacked twenty-four-hour cable television and cameras in courtrooms, both of these “trials of the century” captivated the nation. In the first, Aaron Burr was tried, not for his role in the death of Alexander Hamilton, but for treason. His trial demonstrated that, even in 1807, presidents could be vindictive and were not hesitant about destroying their opponents in the press and using the power of the government and the courts for political ends. More than 200 years after Burr’s trial, the danger of presidential vendettas is still real.

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