|aAmerica 1844 |breligious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation |cJohn Bicknell.
|aChicago, Ill. |bChicago Review Press|cc2015.
|axii, 305 p. |bill. |c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 285-293) and index.
|aPrologue: 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" -- Epilogue: the shaping of America.
|aUnited States|xPolitics and government|y1841-1845.
內容簡介top America 1844 簡介 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 be living in a very different country today. Polk 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 reat 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. Fr幦ont exploration of the West, Charles Goodyear 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 futureemocrats versus Whigs, Mormons versus Millerites, nativists versus Catholics, those who risked the venture westward versus those who stayed safely behindnd how Polk election cemented the vision of a continental nation.