2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner in History Speaks at UT

KNOXVILLE — Daniel Walker Howe, 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner in history, will discuss American history and his award-winning book on Oct. 28 and 29 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Howe will present “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848” at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 and “Resisting Political Correctness: Academic Historians and the General Public” at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29. Free and open to the public, both presentations will be held in the University Center — the first in the Ballroom and the second in the Hermitage Room. Receptions and book signings will follow each event.

Howe’s speeches are sponsored by the Center for Jacksonian America, the Departments of English and History, the Haines-Morris Lecture Endowment of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Howe is a professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and also former Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. He has published numerous books, articles and essays and received awards including the American Historian Laureate, New York Historical Society Award in 2008 and the SHEAR Book Prize in 2008.

Howe received the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848,” which is a volume in “The Oxford History of the United States.”
In this sweeping volume, written in the grand narrative tradition, Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the Pacific and won control over the richest part of the North American continent. His panoramic tale portrays revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated the extension of the American empire.


Contacts:

Dan Feller, UT history department, (865) 974-7077, dfeller@utk.edu

Amy Blakely, UT media relations, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu