'What Hath God Wrought'
Fri, February 5, 2010 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
Daniel Howe, UCLA
Beginning with the message used by S.F.B. Morse to demonstrate his electric telegraph in 1844, this talk will address the multifaceted Anglo-United States relationship in the mid-nineteenth century (then as now, 'special', though sometimes its very existence has been called into doubt). Cultural, economic, and geopolitical issues united and divided the two English-speaking countries. The lecture will conclude with an assessment of the consequences of industrialization in both countries.
Daniel Walker Howe, born in Utah, specializes in the intellectual and religious history of the United States. Having served time as Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford, he has reverted to being Professor of History at UCLA. His essays include 'Why the Scottish Enlightenment was Useful to the Framers of the American Constitution'. His most recent book is What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2008.