A Nation Rising
Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters From America's Hidden HistoryBook - 2010
In this follow-up to America’s Hidden History, a best-selling author explores the gritty first half of the 19th century, one of the most tumultuous but overlooked periods in the nation’s early history. 75,000 first printing.
“History in Davis’s hands is loud, coarse, painful, funny, irreverent—and memorable.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
Following on his New York Times bestsellers America’s Hidden History and Don’t Know Much About History, Ken Davis explores the next chapter in the country’s hidden history: the gritty first half of the 19th century, among the most tumultuous in the nation’s short life.
Bestselling author Davis reprises the "hidden" concept that enlivened his America's Hidden History by pulling stories out from the crucial first fifty years of the nineteenth century and probing their complexities. Hidden, indeed, were aspects of these episodes: Burr's 1807 trial with its political intrigue; the "Bible Riots" in Philadelphia reflecting the anti-immigrant sentiments of the times; a mutiny aboard a slave ship that exemplifies the destructive grip of racism on personal and national life. Davis raises the issues of ambition, power, intolerance, civil rights, freedom of the press, and more that frustrated our beginnings and shape our present still. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Explores America's hidden history in the first half of the nineteenth century, one of the most tumultuous but overlooked periods in the nation's early history.
In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States emerged from its inauspicious beginning as a newborn nation, to a near-empire that spanned the continent. It was a time in which the "dream of our founders" spread in ways that few men of that Revolutionary Generation could possibly have imagined. And it was an era that led to the great, tragic conflagration that followed--the American Civil War. The narratives in this book each exemplify the "hidden history" of America, exploring a vastly more complex path to nationhood than the national myth of a destiny made manifest by visionary political leaders and fearless pioneers. Davis explores: Aaron Burr's 1807 trial; an 1813 Indian uprising; a mutiny aboard the slave ship Creole; the "Dade Massacre" and the start of the second Seminole War; the bloody "Bible Riots" in Philadelphia; and the story of Jessie Benton and Lt. John C. Frâemont.--From publisher description.