What Hath God Wrought

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What Hath God Wrought

Author: Daniel Walker Howe
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 904
Cover Price: $ 19.95

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Historian Howe illuminates the period of American history from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expands to the Pacific and wins control over the richest part of the North American continent. It shows how the notions of Manifest Destiny and Henry Clay's American System were to easy to promote during this period of great growth for the nation.

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Henry Clay promoted a system, known as the American System, which entailed government expenditures to promote the development of national infrastructure, paid by a protective tariff. Manifest destinty was the view that America's domination of the North American continent from sea to sea was the manifest intention of God. The Mexican-American War was widely unpopular at home and gained vast new territories while leaving domestic issues like slavery unsettled. The final battle of the War of 1812 took place after the peace had been signed, but the victorious Andrew Jackson hadn't heard the news.