Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

by Brenda Wineapple
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Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Grzygorz More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be mistitled and disappointing. Far from being ecstatic, by the end of the book, if not long before, the substance of events portrayed are discouraging. Moreover, Wineapple went off on tangents that frequently leave the reader wondering "what's her point/" The vignettes she included might have been illustrative of some underlying theme or issue. However, more often than not they stood isolated unto themselves. Perhaps the book was conceived to contextualize the Civil War by describing the events preceding and following the war. If so, the connections among events are not drawn tightly enough to make this obvious. By the end, my view of the book was unecstatic. A disappointed reader.