By Daniel Walker Howe
The Oxford heritage of the USA is by way of a ways the main revered multi-volume heritage of our country. during this Pulitzer prize-winning, seriously acclaimed addition to the sequence, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the interval from the conflict of recent Orleans to the top of the Mexican-American battle, an period while the us increased to the Pacific and gained regulate over the richest a part of the North American continent.
A panoramic narrative, What Hath God Wrought portrays progressive advancements in transportation and communications that speeded up the extension of the yank empire. Railroads, canals, newspapers, and the telegraph dramatically reduced commute occasions and spurred the unfold of data. those concepts triggered the emergence of mass political events and influenced America's fiscal improvement from an overwhelmingly rural state to a different economic system within which trade and took their position along agriculture. In his tale, the writer weaves jointly political and army occasions with social, financial, and cultural heritage. Howe examines the increase of Andrew Jackson and his Democratic celebration, yet contends that John Quincy Adams and different Whigs—advocates of public schooling and monetary integration, defenders of the rights of Indians, girls, and African-Americans—were the genuine prophets of America's destiny. furthermore, Howe unearths the facility of faith to form many points of yank lifestyles in this interval, together with slavery and antislavery, women's rights and different reform activities, politics, schooling, and literature. Howe's tale of yank growth culminates within the bitterly debatable yet brilliantly completed battle waged opposed to Mexico to realize California and Texas for the USA.
Winner of the New-York ancient Society American heritage booklet Prize
Finalist, 2007 nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
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