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Turning points in history

Turning points in history -- Three new books claim different years

Turning points in history

THE SUMMER OF 1787
David O. Stewart (nonfiction)
Year1787
Supporting ArgumentsStatesmen draft the U.S. Constitution, a blueprint for democracy that (with 1791’s Bill of Rights) establishes basic human rights.
On the Other Hand)…
The ”blessings of liberty” rhetoric doesn’t apply to slaves, who are kept in chains for another 78 years; powdered wigs aren’t optimal in summer heat.
Turning Pointiness Four out of four

HEYDAY
Kurt Andersen (novel)
Year1948-49
Supporting Arguments
Gold found in California’s American River; the U.S. wins the Mexican War; indoor plumbing and bourgeois department stores gain popularity.
On the Other Hand…
The war is bloody and costly; prostitution runs rampant in New York City; Europeans view the U.S. as a vulgar wasteland.
Turning Pointiness Two out of four

SAVAGE PEACE
Ann Hagedorn (nonfiction)
Year1919
Supporting Arguments
Woodrow Wilson forms the League of Nations; the Anti-Lynching Conference brings this barbaric murder of blacks to national attention; faster air and sea communication.
On the Other Hand…
The first Red Scare; the Espionage Act threatens free speech; lynchings continue.
Turning Pointiness Three out of four