‘What Hath God Wrought’

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I admit that it took me awhile. But it defies your inclination to skim a page or two. It’s irresistible, absolutely packed with information and wit.

Toward the end, Abraham Lincoln makes a delightful cameo, his debut in American politics. Adding his voice to vehement Congressional opposition to the Mexican War was the man who would become perhaps this country’s the greatest wartime president. As Mr. Howe writes, referring to Mr. Lincoln‘s remarks about the then president, James Polk:

Polk should “remember he sits where Washington sat” and tell the truth about the origin of the war. “As a nation should not, and the Almighty will not, be evaded, so let him attempt to evasion — no equivocation.”

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