What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848
DescriptionIn this addition to the esteemed Oxford history series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated the extension of the American empire. He examines the era's politics but contends that John Quincy Adams and other 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. Howe's panoramic narrative--weaving social, economic, and cultural history together with political and military events--culminates in the bitterly controversial but brilliantly executed war against Mexico that gained California and Texas for the United States.
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About the Author
Daniel Walker Howe is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University in England and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2008 he received the Pulitzer Prize for History for What Hath God Wrought. He was president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of The Political Culture of the American Whigs and Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. .
Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.