What Hath God Wrought

What Hath God Wrought

The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

Book - 2007
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Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for HistoryThe Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes two Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Now, in What Hath God Wrought, historian Daniel Walker Howeilluminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the Pacific and won control over the richest part of the North American continent. Howe's panoramic narrative portrays revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated the extension of the American empire. Railroads, canals, newspapers, and the telegraph dramatically lowered travel times and spurred the spread of information. These innovationsprompted the emergence of mass political parties and stimulated America's economic development from an overwhelmingly rural country to a diversified economy in which commerce and industry took their place alongside agriculture. In his story, the author weaves together political and military eventswith social, economic, and cultural history. He examines the rise of Andrew Jackson and his Democratic party, but contends that John Quincy Adams and other Whigs--advocates of public education and economic integration, defenders of the rights of Indians, women, and African-Americans--were the trueprophets of America's future. He reveals the power of religion to shape many aspects of American life during this period, including slavery and antislavery, women's rights and other reform movements, politics, education, and literature. Howe's story of American expansion culminates in the bitterlycontroversial but brilliantly executed war waged against Mexico to gain California and Texas for the United States. By 1848 America had been transformed. What Hath God Wrought provides a monumental narrative of this formative period in United States history.
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780195078947
0195078942
Branch Call Number: 973.5 HOW
Characteristics: xviii, 904 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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Aug 14, 2012

This is a large but excellent read and a brilliant piece of story telling. It conveys the greatness and ghastliness of the United States during this time. It's greatness in the optimism, vibrancy, growth, innovation and social development of the era. It's ghastliness embodied in slavery, vicious imperialism and the frequent injustice of the time.
It is the story of a nation striving to be both good and great and the tension between those ideals. A huge complex story made vivid by many personal stories of heroes and villains, rich and poor, great and small.
Comprehensive and engaging it is a fantastic book.

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postmas Aug 06, 2013

History works over a long period of time. At any given moment we can perceive its directions but imperfectly.

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