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By James M. Volo

Amid the entire printer’s ink and historic hypothesis, the Antebellum interval (approx. 1820-1860) has principally been overlooked until eventually lately. The Antebellum frequently will get misplaced among its better-documented Federalist and Victorian “bookends.” Well-educated adults are usually not sure of the which means of the time period “antebellum” or relegate the complete pre-Civil conflict period to Margaret Mitchell’s photographs of Clayton County, Georgia in long past With the Wind (1936) with its magnolia-scented plantations, hoop skirts, and flirtatious Southern Belles. whereas Mitchell’s view of the previous South was once no longer too a long way faraway from the reality, and merits its commemorated position as a piece of fiction and cinematography, it truly is faraway from giving an entire ancient view of all of Antebellum the USA. this option matters the impression of switch at the American country in the course of the Antebellum interval. The titanic adjustments in manners, expertise, and society made 1860 vary extra from 1800 in sixty years than 1800 had differed from the former 100 and twenty. just about all of the vestiges of English colonialism—save an realizing of the English language and a devotion to London fashion—had been wiped away within the struggle of 1812 to get replaced via a different American exceptionalism.

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