Harry S. Stout’s American Aristocrats argues that the “vast movement” of settlers west “was the greatest single fact of nineteenth-century American history.” The acquisition of land became the driving force for both the family and the nation.
"American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 20
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