In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States went from a tiny newborn nation on the Atlantic seaboard to a near-empire that spanned the continent. But America's path to nationhood was vastly more complex than the tidily packaged national myth of a destiny made manifest by visionary political leaders and fearless pioneers. In A Nation Rising, bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis offers fascinating, intertwining stories about historical episodes whose great issuesambition, power, territorial expansion, slavery, intolerance, civil rights, freedom of the pressreverberate to this day, including:
Aaron Burr's 1807 trial, culminating in one of our nation's first media circuses
The 1813 Indian uprising and ensuing massacre, exposing the powerful conflicts at the heart of America's expansion
The mutiny aboard the slave ship Creole, illustrating how the institution of slavery both destroyed lives and warped our nation's founding
The bloody "Bible Riots" in Philadelphia, erupting in an early episode of deadly anti-immigrant sentiment
Eye-opening history and riveting storytelling, A Nation Rising is a powerful reminder of the ways in which our past continues to shape our present.
About the Author
Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America's Hidden History; and Don't Know Much About(R) History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About(R) series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com.
“With his special gift for revealing the significance of neglected historical characters, Kenneth Davis creates a multi-layered, haunting narrative.”
-Ray Raphael, author of Founders
Praise for America’s Hidden History:“American history in the vibrant narrative tradition of David McCullough.”
-Ron Powers, author of Flags of Our Fathers
“Davis is a fine writer who uses a fast-moving narrative to tell these stories well... This is an informative and enjoyable work.”