What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Library) Part 1 of 2

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9781433260193: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Library) Part 1 of 2

[This is Part 1 of a 2-part Audiobook CD Library Edition in Vinyl case.][Part 2 has ISBN: 9781433261589]

[Read by Patrick Cullen]

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for History

Winner of the 2008 American History Book Prize

In 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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DANIEL WALKER HOWE is Rhodes professor emeritus of American history at Oxford University and professor emeritus of history at the 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.

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Patrick Cullen ably narrates this extensive audiobook. His unadorned reading style mirrors author Howe's thesis that the historian's task is to explain the past, not to judge it. While the institution of slavery hangs over this era like a toxic cloud, the listener is reminded that the antebellum arguments for state rights versus a powerful national government resonate today. During this crucial period, from the end of the War of 1812 to the election of Zachary Taylor in 1848, the nation experienced unparalleled westward expansion, as well as revolutions in transportation and communications. Andrew Jackson towered over the political landscape, and Jackson's protégé, James K. Polk, presided over the greatest expansion of American territory and forever redefined the power of the executive branch of our government. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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