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DOWNLOAD ç eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¿ Walter A. McDougall From its shocking curtain raiser the Democracy The Kindle #208 conflagration that consumed Lower Manhattan in to the climactic centennial year of when Americans staged a corrupt deadlocked presidential campaign fought out in Florida Walter A McDougall's T. Reread July October 2011 Took me 3 months again but I read this again and even all of the notes in the back this time I love this author His interpretation of the failure of reconstruction because of willful self deception of the American people is powerful I see his hypothesis of the civil religion everyday in politics here in Utah County Americans are dynamic creative builders but also masters of pretense We are talented but ignore reality when it contradicts our self story of virtuous model America We're kind of like Vizzini in The Princess Bride when he keeps calling the pursuit inconceivable and his companion says I don't think that word means what you think it means The rise of Andrew Jackson and his philosophy the material gains of the US people all of the politics and hypocrisy leading to the Civil War its aftermath and perspectives of various observers and philosophers both domestic and foreign all combine to make this incredibly insightful Political types misinterpret this stuff constantly in their persuasive arguments Read this author Goodreads friendsThree perfect illustrative uotes blatantly copied from one of the few other reviewsI believe the United States so far is the greatest success story in history I believe Americans on balance are experts at self deception And I believe the 'creative corruption' born of their pretense goes far to explain their success xii Candidates and parties competing in national politics must constantly trim their sails That in turn invites voters to choose sides not just on the basis of whose positions they share but on the basis of whose hypocrisy offends their temperments Americans free to function as their own theologians are expert at persuading themselves that the thing they want to do just happens to be the right thing to do 2008 Wow Finally finished this book after like 3 months of constant library renewals I loved it Walter A McDougall is the new addition to my favorite author list I learned lots of things about lots of thingsand people and events and ideas and politicalculturalreligious movements It's a historical smorgasboard with a truthful perspective I like that this book deals honestly with shortcomings of American history without arrogance and cynicism It has a good balance and no political ax to grind America has been idealistic and amazing while simultaneously being pompous and blind to her own shortcomings He uses the positive and negative connotations of a hustler to describe the oxy moron of American culture and society I don't know if it's comforting or depressing to see that politics and big business were just as corrupt back then as it is now There's apparently no fixing it but it hasn't completely destroyed the country yetI love that it's kind of a history of everything during a certain time period You get an overview and see how things fit together And if you get interested in something you can go find a book with detail about the specific person or time The origin of many phrases the facts about some events that I had only vaguely heard of and the pulling together of broad historic ideas such as Romanticism progressivism and reformism 19th century style the inherent tension between too much government fascism or socialism and too much pure democracy anarchy and the cultural economic and religious clashes leading to the Civil War it's all hereIt's probably impossible for someone to write something this big and agree with everything he asserts I was happy to get confirmation of my own bias aren't we all when McDougall evaluates Thoreau and Emerson Someone smarter than me agreed with my opinion on them a lot of fluff and pretense little substance I feel his take on Joseph Smith and the founding of Mormonism is fairly fair though he misses on a couple of easy facts and I feel he takes a few cheap potshots at Joseph Smith later on He also glossed over a few things in other places that I thought were important but again that's pretty much inevitable with a book this big There are 144 pages of notes in the back about his sources and containing additional information They are fascinating as well but I just didn't have the time to read them all I don't know if any of you would love this whole thing but I think a lot of you would like at least parts You'll definitely feel smarter

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Throes of Democracy The American Civil War Era 1829 1877Hroes of Democracy carries the saga of the American people's continuous self reinvention across five tumultuous decades From the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson through the eras of Manifest Destiny Throes of Kindle Civil War and Reconstruction i. Masters of Make BelieveThe American was a new Adam placed in Eden to subdue and rule by divine right Believing Providence had favored them with material well being 19th century Americans began the work of spreading their Millenarian vision from sea to shining sea True an exceptional founding generation motivated by faith and commerce established a political regime unprecedented in history Just as true Americans are “experts at self deception” MacDougall xii who began to idealize their own mythology By the end of the regime’s first century America was too far in what Walter MacDougall calls the “Throes of Democracy” to provide an honest assessment of its own performanceAmerica took a decided shift toward democracy under Andrew Jackson He tore down artifices of aristocracy and led the charge into democratic fervor but did not realize that the majority cannot be trusted to discern morality Interests overpower ideals as in the case of the 1830 Indian removal which was voted on by a democratic majority of white land owners John O’Sullivan’s Democratic Review exulted in the Manifest Destiny of American expansion including the annexation of conuered Mexican lands Stephen Douglas reframed Jackson’s majoritarianism in 1860 as “popular sovereignty” and used it to justify the expansion of slavery in the statesThe American democrat fervently believed vox populi vox dei because “Americans free to function as their own theologians are expert at persuading themselves that the thing they want to do just happens to be the right thing to do”MacDougall 436 The American civic religion offered everyone a way to endorse their own political arrangement through the blessing of God Expansion and growth in a country half slave half free shook this belief so Americans magnified pretense to retain their union 310Van Buren’s inaugural address warned Americans that addressing the slave issue would be “injurious to every interest that of humanity included” Alexander Stephens rewrote history to argue that America’s cornerstone was “the great truth that the negro is not eual to the white man” and that abolitionists strove against the Creator himself who made men uneual Northern agitators invoked the “rhetoric of blood sacrifice a holy cause a demonic enemy and a millenarian promise” as the Union Army emblazoned the motto “In God We Trust” on war provisions MacDougall 460 Perhaps only Lincoln recognized that although both sides petitioned the same God neither embodied His will When pretense finally collapsed into apocalypse “civic gods in masuerade bade American souls on both sides to join cults of human sacrifice” 460As the ink dried at Appomattox and the abbreviated process of Reconstruction began the high priests of the American regime declared the war a necessary glorious and heroic conflict that was most importantly over 546 Providence had preserved the Union and delivered the slave into the Promised Land so Americans were not overly concerned by Jim Crow or Black Codes If the African could vote democratically what else mattered Most Americans refused to acknowledge the magnitude of their national tragedy and returned to pretense as uickly as possible The Populist Party rekindled the Jacksonian project by attacking the elites of the Gilded Age and calling for the fulfillment of America’s Messianic mission to spread democracy abroad to Cuba and beyondAlthough 19th century America got important principles of human nature and governance right many Americans blinded themselves to violations of their own moral code as they turned toward a majority to distinguish right from wrong MacDougall properly acknowledges America’s exceptional accomplishments but drops pretense when it inhibits soul searchingWorks CitedMcDougall Walter A Throes of Democracy The American Civil War Era 1829 1877 New York Harper 2008 PrintStephens Alexander H Cornerstone Speech Speech Savannah GA 21 Mar 1861 Alexander H Stephens in Public and Private With Letters and Speeches Before During and Since the War Philadelphia Henry Cleveland 1886 717 29 Print Van Buren Martin Inaugural Address Address 1837 Presidential Inauguration Washington DC 4 Mar 1837 The American Presidency Project Gerhard Peters and John T Woolley Web 30 Apr 2012