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Sounding Forth the Trumpet brings to life one of the most crucial epochs in America's history--the events leading up to and precipitating the Civil War. In this enlightening book, readers live through the Gold Rush, the Mexican War, the skirmishes of Bleeding Kansas, and the emergence of Abraham Lincoln, as well as the tragic issue of slavery.
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I am only about half-way through this history. So far it includes a detiled description of the Mexican War, the poltics involved leading up to that war, and the many Christian pastors and laymen who were involved in raising awareness about the evils of slavery, and enlarging the abolitionist sentiment in the North. I stopped reading this to read Adam Hochschild's "Bury the Chains," a history of the earlier abolitionist movement in Great Britain, also an excellent book. I am now resuming "Sounding the Trumpet", which I will read in conjuction with David M Potter's "The Impending Crisis--America Before the Civil War 1848-1861". I had started Potter's book before but lost it.
What I enjoy about these books is that they use the words of the historical figures from their letters and speeches to create historical accounts that read more like novels, not like the dry, sometimes boring way history was written 60 years ago.
Sounding Forth the Trumpet is the final installment in Peter Marshall's and David Manuel's trilogy that looks at American history from 1492 to 1860, written from a Christian viewpoint. It is an excellent series of books, thoughtful and well-written. Sounding Forth the Trumpet looks at the years of approximately 1837 until Lincoln's election as President in November of 1860. This was probably the most turbulent and hostile time in America's history, culminating in the Civil War (which cost more American lives than any other war we have been involved in).
Historic events covered in this book include the Mexican War (more on that below), the annexation of Texas, the California Gold Rush, the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and John Brown's uprising at Harper's Ferry. And of course, slavery; several chapters are devoted to this topic (as are several chapters of the previous book, From Sea to Shining Sea). Between both books, the authors provide an excellent panoramic...
When I attended high school, the basic message of this volume was taught in a public school. Not as much detail because we did not have enough time. That's why this book was written. My teacher had grown up in Hitler's Germany, then came to the U.S. after WWII.
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