America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation

America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation

John Bicknell


The presidential election of 1844 was once one of many or 3 so much momentous elections in American background. Had Henry Clay gained rather than James okay. Polk, we’d be residing in a truly assorted nation this day. Polk’s victory cemented the westward growth that introduced Texas, California, and Oregon into the union. It additionally happened amid non secular turmoil that integrated anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic violence, and the “Great Disappointment,” during which hundreds of thousands of fans of an vague preacher named William Miller believed Christ could go back to earth in October 1844.

            writer and journalist John Bicknell info much more compelling, interwoven occasions that happened in this momentous yr: the homicide of Joseph Smith, the spiritual fermentation of the second one nice Awakening, John C. Frémont’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 lots more and plenty extra. All of those components illustrate the competing visions of the yankee future—Democrats as opposed to Whigs, Mormons as opposed to Millerites, nativists as opposed to Catholics, those that risked the enterprise westward as opposed to those that stayed competently behind—and how Polk’s election cemented the imaginative and prescient of a continental nation.

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