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The Resource America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation, John Bicknell

America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation, John Bicknell

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America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation
Title
America 1844
Title remainder
religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation
Statement of responsibility
John Bicknell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The presidential election of 1844 was one of the two or three most momentous elections in American history. Had Henry Clay won instead of James K. Polk, we'd be living in a very different country today. Polk's victory cemented the westward expansion that brought Texas, California, and Oregon into the union. It also took place amid religious turmoil that included anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic violence, and the "Great Disappointment," in which thousands of followers of an obscure preacher named William Miller believed Christ would return to earth in October 1844. Author and journalist John Bicknell details even more compelling, interwoven events that occurred during this momentous year: the murder of Joseph Smith, the religious fermentation of the Second Great Awakening, John C. Fremont's exploration of the West, Charles Goodyear's patenting of vulcanized rubber, the near-death of President John Tyler in a freak naval explosion, and much more. All of these elements illustrate the competing visions of the American future -- Democrats versus Whigs, Mormons versus Millerites, nativists versus Catholics, those who risked the venture westward versus those who stayed safely behind -- and how Polk's election cemented the vision of a continental nation
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bicknell, John
Dewey number
324.73/058
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E400
LC item number
.B53 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation, John Bicknell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-293) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
New Year's Day at the White House -- "This glorious hope" -- A prophet for president -- "Annexation and war...are identical" -- "Who the devil is Polk?" -- The missionary and the publicist -- To Oregon and California -- Summer of discontent -- The great disappointment -- "The severest struggle ever witnessed" -- The shaping of America
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9781613730133
Lccn
2014029126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn891185603
  • (OCoLC)891185603
Label
America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation, John Bicknell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-293) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
New Year's Day at the White House -- "This glorious hope" -- A prophet for president -- "Annexation and war...are identical" -- "Who the devil is Polk?" -- The missionary and the publicist -- To Oregon and California -- Summer of discontent -- The great disappointment -- "The severest struggle ever witnessed" -- The shaping of America
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9781613730133
Lccn
2014029126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn891185603
  • (OCoLC)891185603

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