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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA, 30 April 2008
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This review is from: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Oxford History of the United States) (Hardcover)
This is a first class addition to the OUP History of the United States series.Most interesting of all is the analysis of the second party system.Professor Howe sympathies are mostly with John Quincy Adams and the Whigs rather than Andrew Jackson and the Democrats.Jackson himself appears in a poor light in the chapter "Andrew Jackson and His Age".And the the flaws in the concept of "Jacksonian Democracy" are made all too clear.Despite his fondness for the the Whigs,Professor Howe's arguments are scholarly and convincing,particularly on the central role white racism played in the Jacksonian mind-set."Equality" meant the equality of white males only.Jacksonianism was bad news for inferior races and genders.

Professor Howe also sees the "communications revolution" which took place during this period as central to change and development,and to how Americans saw their world.The period 1815-1848 which began with couriers and sailing ships ended with telegraphs,steamships and railways.In the end this worked in favour not of the Whig party but of Whig economic and political ideas as absorbed by the new Republican party in the 1850s.
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