Book cover of The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915 by Jon Grinspanby Jon Grinspan

“[Grinspan is] a gifted writer … The reader is swept along as if in the midst of one of the era’s mass parades.”-Eric Foner, The Nation

A penetrating, character-filled history “in the manner of David McCullough” (WSJ), revealing the deep roots of our tormented present-day politics.

Democracy was broken. Or that was what many Americans believed in the decades after the Civil War. Shaken by economic and technological disruption, they sought safety in aggressive, tribal partisanship. The results were the loudest, closest, most violent elections in U.S. history, driven by vibrant campaigns that drew our highest-ever voter turnouts.

Interview with the Author

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