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

| Oxford Univ Pr | 9/1/2009

ISBN-10 : 0195392434   ISBN-13 : 9780195392432   List Price : $19.95

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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 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 Prize
Finalist, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
"A masterpiece. A comprehensive, richly detailed, and elegantly written account of the republic between the War of 1812 and the American victory in Mexico a generation later."
--The Atlantic
"Howe brings an impressive array of strengths to the daunting task of encapsulating these busy, complicated three-plus decades within a single (admittedly, very long) volume...he grasps the meaning as well as the details of developments and events. He has a fine eye for telling detail.... He is a genuine rarity...extraordinary."
--Washington Post Book World
"A fascinating, richly detailed portrait of the U.S. as its very boundaries so dramatically and often violently shifted.... It is a rare thing to encounter a book so magisterial and judicious and also so compelling; it is a great achievement and deserves many readers beyond the academy."
--Chicago Tribune
"This extraordinary contribution to the Oxford History of the United States series is a great accomplishment by one of the United States' most distinguished historians.. A book that every student of American history and politics should read. It is, in short, everything a work of historical scholarship should be."
--Foreign Affairs

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0195392434
  • ISBN-13: 9780195392432
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 904
  • Dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 2.01 (d)