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By Daniel Walker Howe

The Oxford heritage of the United States is by means of some distance the main revered multi-volume historical past of our country. during this Pulitzer prize-winning, severely acclaimed addition to the sequence, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the interval from the conflict of recent Orleans to the tip of the Mexican-American warfare, an period while the U.S. accelerated to the Pacific and gained keep watch over over the richest a part of the North American continent.

A panoramic narrative, What Hath God Wrought portrays progressive advancements in transportation and communications that sped up the extension of the yank empire. Railroads, canals, newspapers, and the telegraph dramatically decreased trip occasions and spurred the unfold of knowledge. those concepts caused the emergence of mass political events and encouraged America's monetary improvement from an overwhelmingly rural nation to a diverse economic climate within which trade and took their position along agriculture. In his tale, the writer weaves jointly political and armed forces occasions with social, fiscal, and cultural background. 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 monetary integration, defenders of the rights of Indians, ladies, and African-Americans--were the genuine prophets of America's destiny. moreover, Howe finds 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 routine, politics, schooling, and literature. Howe's tale of yankee enlargement culminates within the bitterly debatable yet brilliantly finished struggle waged opposed to Mexico to achieve California and Texas for the United States.

Winner of the New-York ancient Society American heritage booklet Prize

Finalist, 2007 nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

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The Oxford heritage of the United States is the main revered multi-volume heritage of our country. The sequence contains 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. The Atlantic Monthly has praised it as "the such a lot distinct sequence in American old scholarship," a sequence that "synthesizes a generation's worthy of ancient inquiry and information into one actually cutting-edge book." Conceived less than the overall editorship of C. Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter, and now less than the editorship of David M. Kennedy, this popular sequence blends social, political, fiscal, cultural, diplomatic, and armed forces background into coherent and vividly written narrative.

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From Capra’s Why We Fight series—supported by the government’s Office of War Information—to Wellman’s The Story of G. I. Joe, these films, and scores of others like them, depicted the invincible American hero fighting a just war in order to maintain America’s democratic stability and religious freedom (see: War Film, The). Although there were non-genre war films released at this time, such as Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca (1942) and William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), that were more narratively complex, almost without exception formulaic, prowar combat films, set in Europe and the Pacific, and to a lesser extent in Korea, would continue to be made until Americans grew tired of war and its brutal xl Introduction effects after the nation suffered its first military defeat in Vietnam in the mid-1970s (see: Casablanca and Best Years of Our Lives, The).

Pickford’s seemingly perpetual girlishness was the polar opposite of Theda Bara’s wickedly erotic vamp persona. The first example of a star who was created by a studio, Bara was born Theodosia Goodman in Ohio. ), and after exotic stories were concocted about her being the daughter of a sheik and an Arabian princess who was involved in the “black arts,” she became notorious for playing the “vamp”—a vampiress whom men could not resist. The studio released incredibly provocative publicity photos of Bara, and she did her part on screen playing vamps that exist only to seduce and destroy powerful men (Sklar, 2008; Lewis, 2002).

The Be Carefuls were especially concerned with depictions of crime—theft, robbery, safecracking, arson, smuggling, and rape—that might prove to be “potentially informative” to members of the lower classes who might be tempted to cross over legal lines (Pramaggiore and Wallis, 2005). Although Hays’s lists were well intentioned, they had little effect on the way that motion pictures were made, as most studios simply ignored the MPPDA regulations. Now convinced that the industry could not—or would not—regulate itself, churchrelated and public organizations—Mothers of Minnesota, Combat, the NAACP, the Catholic War Veterans, the Parent Teacher Association—pooled their efforts in an attempt to force studios to produce more appropriate material.

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