What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe | 9780195392432 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

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

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by Daniel Walker Howe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195392434

ISBN-13: 9780195392432

Pub. Date: 09/23/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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.

A panoramic narrative, What Hath God Wrought 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. Howe 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. In addition, Howe 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 Prize

Finalist, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

The Oxford History of the United States
The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. The Atlantic Monthly has praised it as "the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship," a series that "synthesizes a generation's worth of historical inquiry and knowledge into one literally state-of-the-art book." Conceived under the general editorship of C. Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter, and now under the editorship of David M. Kennedy, this renowned series blends social, political, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and military history into coherent and vividly written narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195392432
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/23/2009
Series:
Oxford History of the United States Series
Pages:
928
Sales rank:
99,333
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.94(d)

Table of Contents


Maps     xi
Editor's Introduction     xiii
Abbreviations Used in Citations     xvii
Introduction     1
Prologue: The Defeat of the Past     8
The Continental Setting     19
From the Jaws of Defeat     63
An Era of Good and Bad Feelings     91
The World That Cotton Made     125
Awakenings of Religion     164
Overthrowing the Tyranny of Distance     203
The Improvers     243
Pursuing the Millennium     285
Andrew Jackson and His Age     328
Battles over Sovereignty     367
Jacksonian Democracy and the Rule of Law     411
Reason and Revelation     446
Jackson's Third Term     483
The New Economy     525
The Whigs and Their Age     570
American Renaissance     613
Texas, Tyler, and the Telegraph     658
Westward the Star of Empire     701
The War Against Mexico     744
The Revolutions of 1848     792
Finale: A Vision of the Future     837
Bibliographical Essay     856
Index     879

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