Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, And Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda WineappleEcstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, And Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple

Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, And Compromise, 1848-1877

byBrenda Wineapple

Paperback | August 5, 2014

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

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Dazzling in scope, Ecstatic Nation illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's past, when the country dreamed big, craved new lands and new freedom, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery. With a canvas of extraordinary characters, such as P. T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L. C. Q. Lamar, Ecstatic Nation brilliantly balances cultural and political history: It's a riveting account of the sectional conflict that preceded the Civil War, and it astutely chronicles the complex aftermath of that war and Reconstruction, including the promise that women would share in a new definition of American citizenship. It takes us from photographic surveys of the Sierra Nevadas to the discovery of gold in the South Dakota hills, and it signals the painful, thrilling birth of modern America.

An epic tale by award-winning author Brenda Wineapple, Ecstatic Nation lyrically and with true originality captures the optimism, the failures, and the tragic exuberance of a renewed Republic.

Brenda Wineapple is the prizewinning author of several books, includingWhite Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and aNew York TimesNotable Book. She lives in New York City.
Title:Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, And Compromise, 1848-1877Format:PaperbackDimensions:736 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.18 inPublished:August 5, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061234583

ISBN - 13:9780061234583

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“For readers seeking a beautifully written, overall survey of mid-19th century America that leaves no major theme or character out, Wineapple’s account gets the highest recommendation.”