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Howe to speak on religion's role in transforming early America

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m. 120 Lewis Library

Historian Daniel Walker Howe, author of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book "What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848," will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in 120 Lewis Library.

His address, titled "What Hath God Wrought: Religion in the Transformation of America, 1815-1848," is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and is part of the Princeton Lectures in Religion and History.

Howe is the Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University and a professor emeritus of history at the University of California-Los Angeles. His recent book, published by Oxford University Press, also was awarded the annual American History Prize of the New York Historical Society and the annual Prize of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

In the book, Howe reveals the power of religion to shape many aspects of American life during this period, including slavery and antislavery, women's rights and other reform movements, politics, education and literature.

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