H-SHEAR Forum: Howe, *What Hath God Wrought*

In 2008, H-SHEAR Review Editor Caleb MacDaniel commissioned a series of essays reviewing individual sections of Daniel Walker Howe's Pulitzer-winning survey of our period, What Hath God Wrought (Oxford, 2009) just as the book was hot off the press.  This page provides Dr McDaniel's announcement of the series and links directly to each of the essays, and Dr Howe's reply, in the H-SHEAR logs.  In addition, Dr McDaniel's introduction to the series can be found here.

From: Caleb McDaniel <caleb.mcdaniel@RICE.EDU>
List Editor: Caleb McDaniel <caleb.mcdaniel@RICE.EDU>
Editor's Subject: NOTICE: Upcoming H-SHEAR Forum on Daniel Walker Howe
Author's Subject: NOTICE: Upcoming H-SHEAR Forum on Daniel Walker Howe
Date Written: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 10:38:22 -0500
Date Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2008 11:38:22 -0400

Dear H-SHEAR Friends,

I am very pleased to announce that on Monday, H-SHEAR will begin
publishing an eight-week serial forum on Daniel Walker Howe's recent
Pulitzer-prize winning book, _What Hath God Wrought: The
Transformation of America, 1815-1848_.

H-SHEAR has commissioned seven distinguished scholars to write review
essays on Howe's book that focus on their respective areas of
expertise. Each Monday over the next seven weeks, one of these review
essays will be posted to the list according to the schedule below. At
the conclusion of the seven weeks, Professor Howe has graciously
agreed to post a response to the entire forum. (Other book reviews
will continue to appear irregularly throughout this eight-week period.)

SCHEDULE FOR FORUM ON _WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT_

Oct. 27: James Huston (Oklahoma State University) on Economic History
Nov. 3: Michael A. Morrison (Purdue University) on Political History
Nov. 10: David Henkin (University of California-Berkeley) on the
"Communications Revolution"

Nov. 17: Mary Ryan (Johns Hopkins University) on Women's History
Nov. 24: James Taylor Carson (Queen's University) on Native American
History

Dec. 1: Manisha Sinha (Massachusetts-Amherst) on Race, Slavery, and
African American History

Dec. 8: Bertram Wyatt-Brown (Emeritus, Univ. of Florida) on Religion
and Reform

Dec. 15: Daniel Walker Howe Responds

Our intention in publishing this forum serially is to invite your
participation in it. We encourage subscribers to jump in each week and
comment on the essays by our reviewers, who have also been invited to
watch the discussion and contribute in an ongoing way to the forum.

Once all of the reviews and Professor Howe's response have been
published to the list, the entire forum will be archived permanently
on the Web, together with links to any discussion threads that begin
on the list about the book and/or the reviews. Our hope is that this
unique--and uniquely interactive--forum will then be of use to future
scholars and students of the early American republic.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Howe
and all of the reviewers who have agreed to participate in this forum,
and to thank all the loyal readers of H-SHEAR for making the list such
a collegial and stimulating context for intellectual exchange.

Sincerely,
Caleb McDaniel
Co-Book Review Editor


W. Caleb McDaniel
Assistant Professor of History
Rice University
http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~wcm1