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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Howe to give Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Oct. 26

Daniel Walker Howe will lecture at Union Oct. 26.
Daniel Walker Howe will lecture at Union Oct. 26.

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 11, 2010 – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel Walker Howe will be the featured speaker for the 14th annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series Oct. 26 at Union University.

Howe, the Professor of History Emeritus at UCLA and the Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University, will address the topic, “What Hath God Wrought: Manifest Destiny and the Communications Revolution of Nineteenth-Century America.”

Howe is the author or editor of six books and dozens of historical articles and essays. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his book “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.” The book also won the 2008 New York Historical Society American Book Prize and was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction.

Other Howe books include “Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln,” “The Political Culture of the American Whigs” and “Victorian America,” among others.

Howe graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and literature. He completed his Master of Arts degree in history from Oxford and his Doctor of Philosophy in history at the University of California-Berkeley.

Past speakers for the lecture series have included such historians as David Hackett Fischer, Jeremy Black, Gordon Wood, George Herring, Jack Greene, Gerhard Weinberg, Martin Marty and Thomas Childers.

The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel on the Union campus. It is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Howe will also lecture to the Union community in Harvey Auditorium at 1:40 p.m. that day on “What Hath God Wrought: Religion, Reform and the Communications Revolution of Nineteenth-Century America.”


Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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