By Timothy Mason Roberts
Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the problem to American Exceptionalism is a research of yank politics, tradition, and international kin within the mid-nineteenth century, illuminated in the course of the reactions of usa citizens to the ecu revolutions of 1848. Flush from the new American army victory over Mexico, many american citizens celebrated information of democratic revolutions breaking out throughout Europe as yet another signal of divine windfall. Others inspiration that the 1848 revolutions served basically to spotlight how America’s personal revolution had now not performed sufficient within the approach of reform. nonetheless different american citizens renounced the 1848 revolutions and the concept of trans-atlantic solidarity simply because they interpreted ecu progressive radicalism and its portents of violence, socialism, and atheism as harmful to the original virtues of the United States.
When the 1848 revolutions did not create good democratic governments in Europe, many american citizens declared that their very own progressive culture used to be better; American reform will be sluggish and peaceable. hence, whilst violence erupted over the query of territorial slavery within the 1850s, the impression used to be magnified between antislavery american citizens, who reinterpreted the risk of slavery in gentle of the revolutions and counter-revolutions of Europe. For them a brand new revolution in the US may possibly certainly be helpful, to prevent the onset of authoritarian stipulations and to therapy American exemplarism. The Civil warfare, then, whilst it got here, used to be America’s solution to the 1848 revolutions, a sworn statement to America’s democratic shortcomings, and an American model of a violent, nation-building revolution.
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Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism (Jeffersonian America) by Timothy Mason Roberts