What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker HoweWhat Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe

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

byDaniel Walker Howe

Paperback | September 16, 2009

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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 theMexican-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. Winner of the New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize Finalist, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
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.
Title:What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848Format:PaperbackDimensions:928 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 2 inPublished:September 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195392432

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Table of Contents

PrefacePrologue: The Defeat of the Past1. The Continental Setting2. From the Jaws of Defeat3. An Era of Good and Bad Feelings4. The World that Cotton Made5. Awakenings of Religion6. Overcoming the Tyranny of Distance7. The Improvers8. Pursuing the Millennium9. Andrew Jackson and His Age10. Battles Over Sovereignty11. Jacksonian Democracy and the Law12. Reason and Revelation13. Jackson's Third Term14. The New Economy15. The Whigs and Their Age16. American Renaissance17. Texas, Tyler, and the Telegraph18. Westward the Star of Empire19. The War Against Mexico20. The Revolutions of 1848Finale: A Vision of the FutureBibliographic Essay

Editorial Reviews

"In the latest installment in the Oxford History of the United States series, historian Howe...stylishly narrates a crucial period in U.S. history--a time of territorial growth, religious revival, booming industrialization, a recalibrating of American democracy and the rise of nationalistsentiment.... Supported by engaging prose, Howe's achievement will surely be seen as one of the most outstanding syntheses of U.S history published this decade." --Publishers Weekly starred review