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Imagine if they had cable news: The raucos political election of 1844 — WIN a copy

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As this year’s mid-term elections approach, the modern political zeitgeist tells us that America is more fractured today than it has ever been; that the rift between left and right is a chasm that can’t be breached. But a new book by author and journalist John Bicknell shows us that our modern problems can often pale in comparison to the issues that afflicted the nation at other points in its long and often turbulent history. The book is America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election that Transformed the Nation (Chicago Review Press, 2014). In it, Bicknell brings to life an election as tumultuous as any the republic has ever seen. Among its issues: states’ rights, personal liberty…

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