Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dr. Daniel Walker Howe

(UCLA Photograph).  (2008). Daniel Walker Howe [Photograph], Retrieved October 27, 2010 from:
Last night I attended the lecture by professor Howe, who is Professor Emeritus at UCLA and at Oxford. As part of the Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series I was impressed by the notoriety of this speaker and previous speakers. Gordon Wood, who was here at Union in 2006, is one of the premier names in American History as is last night's speaker Daniel Walker Howe who has won a Pulitzer prize for his work on the development of America and communications. Howe, commenting on his book "What God Hath Wrought" addressed the idea of manifest destiny and its relationship to two social factors; protestantism and the development of new forms of communication. The title of his work, "What God Hath Wrought" is a reference to Numbers 23 that was included in the first telegraph. Howe's lecture was fascinating, incorporating a good deal of art work as primary illustrations for what was going in American History during the latter part of the 19th century. Howe draws a clear connection between Protestant Christianity and the idea of Manifest Destiny. We have What God Hath Wrought  at The Summar Library and the call number is E338 .H69 2007. We also have a book on moral philosophy written by Daniel Walker Howe. It was an honor to hear him speak at Union.

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