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Ecstatic Nation - (American History) by Brenda Wineapple (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 722

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: United States

Series Title: American History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: 19th Century

Author: Brenda Wineapple

Language: English

TCIN: 16190781
UPC: 9780061234583
Item Number (DPCI): 247-28-2249

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

A Kirkus Best Book of 2013

A Bookpage Best Book of 2013

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 newdefinition 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."

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