The Divided Era: How We Got Here and the Keys to America's Reconciliation

The Divided Era: How We Got Here and the Keys to America's Reconciliation

by Thomas Del Beccaro


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The larger our governments, the greater the competition for their spoils—therefore our divisions.

“There simply is so much at stake today. As a result, our governments that benefit so many, employ so many, and tax so widely—in short our governments that pick so many winners and losers—are understandably subject to an intense competition for their control.” So writes author Thomas Del Beccaro in this fascinating study of the history of political unity and division in the US, from the Revolution to the adoption of the Constitution, the Civil War through Reconstruction, The Gilded Age to our present Divided Era.

While we have had our conflicts over large issues and the role of government in the past, and still do today, an emerging cause of the partisanship and division we now know today did not exist at our nation’s founding. Our governments were smaller, levied minimal taxes, and thus held out fewer spoils for citizens to fight over.

Can the US find its way back to being a less divided country? Yes, says Del Beccaro, but only if citizens understand the growing source of our divisions: ever larger governments. Americans must demand that government shrink back to a less divisive size and scope and support leaders capable of setting unifying goals—for which Del Beccaro offers five key strategies. In fact, the consequences of not slimming the behemoth governments—federal, state, and local—will only lead to an ever widening divide, and more acrimonious and harmful partisanship.

The Divided Era lays out the case for smaller government, more responsive political leadership, and ultimately a more cohesive citizenry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626341999
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Del Beccaro is a contributor for Forbes and the former chairman of the California Republican Party. Tom is publisher of, author of The New Conservative Paradigm, and frequent talk radio and television commentator.

Tom has made over one thousand speeches/panel appearances throughout California and beyond. With the release of his first book, The New Conservative Paradigm, author and political analyst Mona Charen heralded, “Not since Newt Gingrich in the ‘90s has a Republican activist so clearly analyzed what has gone right and wrong for the party and the Conservative movement.” The New Conservative Paradigm is now in its second edition.

Tom lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he practices business and real estate law.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Divided Era 1

Chapter 1 A Glimpse at Our Divided Present 11

Chapter 2 The Storm Before the Calm 27

Chapter 3 Our Constitutional Divide 71

Chapter 4 Washington's Unifying Moment 105

Chapter 5 The Secret Behind the Era of Good Feelings 125

Chapter 6 Out Partisan Heights: The Civil War 169

Chapter 7 Our Gilded Age of Division 199

Chapter 8 The Power to Tax Involves the Power to Divide 251

Chapter 9 Our House Divided 293

Chapter 10 Bridging the Gap in the Divided Era 355

Notes 387

Index 423

What People are Saying About This

John Gizzi

In the tradition of historians Will and Ariel Durant in The Story of Civilization, Tom Del Beccaro dramatically relates the ideological and political struggles of earlier eras to the clashes of today. In bringing to life the incendiary politics of eras such as The Gilded Age--with high voter-turnout (80 percent nationwide in the 1880s), the rise of third parties, and hard-fought presidential elections--Mr. Del Beccaro helps us better understand the negativism of politics today. --John Gizzi, White House Correspondent for over thirty years, Political Columnist for Newsmax

Steven Greenhut

Americans seem increasingly and disturbingly partisan--wedded to the oftentimes inconsistent and interest-group-driven ideologies of the nation's two major parties. That's true even as the Republicans and Democrats offer fewer sensible answers to the nation's most-pressing questions. Tom Del Beccaro pins the blame squarely where it belongs: on the growth of government. As long as Americans keep fighting each other rather than banding together to fight the growth of bureaucracy and government power, they are destined to remain in this divided era. Del Beccaro's book offers some fresh thinking on the matter. --Steven Greenhut, California columnist, U-T San Diego

Anne Bremner

The Divided Era demonstrates, in exhaustively researched and rich detail, how evermore complicated laws and government are driving us apart, not solving our problems. --Anne Bremner, one of the nation s most recognized legal analysts

James P. Pinkerton

How partisan are we, really? The Divided Era not only answers that question, it also places our political differences in historical context. It turns the table on those who blame partisanship on political participants fighting in the arena for spoils or rights. The Divided Era is a compelling and easy read, asserting that government action--picking winners and losers--is the primary cause of our current political division. --James P. Pinkerton, Fox News Personality

Stephen Moore

The Divided Era demonstrates clearly how our income tax code today not only isn't the best way to raise revenue, but is also fueling divisions among Americans--much like the tariff system did in the 1800s. If we want to get beyond class warfare, we simply must return to economic growth, as Del Beccaro points out. --Stephen Moore, head Economist for The Heritage Foundation

Mark Larson

For eight years, Tom Del Beccaro has provided unique insight to my radio audience. With The Divided Era, Tom continues his great work. The sources of the current scandals in Washington, along with government overreach, are not only highlighted by this work, but The Divided Era also makes it clear that government has been the source of many of our historical divisions. The Divided Era helps us understand our times and why they will be difficult to change. Tom also provides us with a look forward to how we can bridge our partisan gaps. --Mark Larson, Talk Radio Host KCBQ

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