By Daniel Walker Howe
The Oxford historical past of the us is through a ways the main revered multi-volume historical past of our state. during this Pulitzer prize-winning, severely acclaimed addition to the sequence, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the interval from the conflict of latest Orleans to the tip of the Mexican-American warfare, an period while the U.S. multiplied to the Pacific and received keep an eye on over the richest a part of the North American continent.
A panoramic narrative, What Hath God Wrought portrays innovative advancements in transportation and communications that speeded up the extension of the yank empire. Railroads, canals, newspapers, and the telegraph dramatically diminished shuttle occasions and spurred the unfold of knowledge. those concepts triggered the emergence of mass political events and inspired America's fiscal improvement from an overwhelmingly rural state to a varied financial system within which trade and took their position along agriculture. In his tale, the writer weaves jointly political and armed forces occasions with social, monetary, and cultural heritage. Howe examines the increase of Andrew Jackson and his Democratic social gathering, yet contends that John Quincy Adams and different Whigs—advocates of public schooling and financial integration, defenders of the rights of Indians, ladies, and African-Americans—were the real prophets of America's destiny. moreover, Howe unearths the ability of faith to form many facets of yank existence in this interval, together with slavery and antislavery, women's rights and different reform events, politics, schooling, and literature. Howe's tale of yankee growth culminates within the bitterly arguable yet brilliantly carried out battle waged opposed to Mexico to achieve California and Texas for the U.S..
Winner of the New-York old Society American historical past e-book Prize
Finalist, 2007 nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction