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What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe
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Dec 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: history, non-fiction
Read in July, 2009

History of America during the start of the Jacksonian period. Starts with Jasckson’s victory after amerstance in New Orleans of the 1812 war and ends with the US victory n the Mexican American war. Covers the politics between Jackson and Adams during their two presidential campaigns and highlights the philisophical differences between what eventually morphs into the Whigs and Democrats. The thesis of the book is that the communication and travel revolution occurring during this time (telegraph and trains) allowed the small union to absorb and unite vast amounts of land. Most interesting is the contrast between the expansionist (Polk and Jackson) and the end game of establishing the union.

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