What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

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Oxford University Press, USA, Oct 29, 2007 - History - 904 pages
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The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. In this Pulitzer prize-winning, critically acclaimed addition to the series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates 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 innovations prompted 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 events with 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 true prophets 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 bitterly controversial but brilliantly executed war waged against Mexico to gain California and Texas for the United States.Winner of the New-York Historical Society American History Book PrizeFinalist, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

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Wonderful historical overview. - Goodreads
Excellent writing - only gets clunky a few times. - Goodreads
A fascinating book, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Yes, it is about the Whig Party yet a page turner. - Goodreads

Review: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Oxford History of the United States #5)

User Review  - Jay Perkins - Goodreads

Very well written and presented. After reading this, I wanted Howe to continue on to the 1850s and Civil War. Also gave me a thirst to know more about Andrew Jackson, Theodore Frelinghuysen, and ... Read full review

Review: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Oxford History of the United States #5)

User Review  - Chad - Goodreads

This book emphasizes a time period that often gets looked over, sandwiched between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, both events termed pivotal in the development of America. But the events in ... Read full review

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Daniel Walker Howe is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University and Professor of History Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Political Culture of the American Whigs and Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. He lives in Los Angeles.

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