1816: America Rising

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University Press of Kentucky, 2003 - History - 299 pages
The year 1816 found America on the cusp of political, social, cultural, and economic modernity. Celebrating its fortieth year of independence, the country's sense of self was maturing. Americans, who had emerged from the War of 1812 with their political system intact, embraced new opportunities. For the first time, citizens viewed themselves not as members of a loose coalition of states but as part of a larger union. This optimism was colored, however, by bizarre weather. Periods of extreme cold and severe drought swept the northern states and the upper south throughout 1816, often referred to as The Year Without a Summer. Faced with thirty-degree summer temperatures, many farmers migrated west in search of better weather and more fertile farmlands. In 1816, historian C. Edward Skeen illuminates this unique year of national transition. Politically, the era of good feelings allowed Congress to devise programs that fostered prosperity. Social reform movements flourished. This election year found the Federalist party in its death throes, seeking cooperation with the nationalistic forces of the Republican party. Movement west, maturation of political parties, and increasingly conte
 

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In his latest book, Skeen (history, Univ. of Memphis; Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812) makes the case for 1816 as an important year in the development of the American nation. Relying heavily on ... Read full review

Contents

Year Without a Summer
vii
Legacy of the War of 1812
7
The Fourteenth Congress Begins
25
A Tariff and a Bank
43
Compensation Act of 1816
67
Internal Improvements
87
Fourth of July Celebrations
111
National Defense
125
Crime and Punishment
159
The Humanitarian Impulse
177
Election of 1816
199
Epilogue
221
Notes
225
Bibliographical Essay
269
Index
279
Copyright

State Developments
141

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C. Edward Skeen is professor of history at the University of Memphis.

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