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- DescriptionThe 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 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 paramic 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 invations prompted the emergence of mass political parties and stimulated America's ecomic development from an overwhelmingly rural country to a diversified ecomy in which commerce and industry took their place alongside agriculture. In his story, the author weaves together political and military events with social, ecomic, 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 ecomic 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. By 1848 America had been transformed. What Hath God Wrought provides a monumental narrative of this formative period in United States history.
- Author BiographyDaniel 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.
- PrizesWinner of Pulitzer Prize for History 2008. Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Nonfiction 2008.
- Author(s)Daniel Walker Howe
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication28/02/2008
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleOxford History of the United States
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 5
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note47 halftones, 23 maps
- Weight1456 g
- Width165 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine54 mm
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