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
1
Legacy of the War of 1812
17
The Fourteenth Congress Begins
35
A Tariff and a Bank
53
Compensation Act of 1816
77
Internal Improvements
97
Fourth of July Celebrations
121
National Defense
135
Crime and Punishment
169
The Humanitarian Impulse
189
Election of 1816
211
Epilogue
233
Notes
237
Bibliographical Essay
281
Index
291
Copyright

State Developments
151

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

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