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A bitterly divided public. Major demographic shifts. A rapidly changing media environment.
This also describes America in the 1850s. Immigration had exploded, slavery was about to bring the country to war, and the telegraph was revolutionizing communication.
In a new book, NPR Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep, takes a look at these years through the story of one of the period’s most famous couples – Jessie and John Fremont.
It’s called “Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War.”
- Steve Inskeep Co-host, Morning Edition, NPR
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