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Brenda Wineapple's study of Civil War society measures past and present
Near the end of "Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877," Brenda Wineapple's fresh and riveting account of America at war with itself, she writes of a sense of fatigue that coursed through the nation in the 1870s.
By Scott Martelle
August 9, 2013