Posts Tagged 'Daniel Walker Howe'

Howe: Revolutions in communication, transportation deepen North-South division

Howe: Revolutions in communication, transportation deepen North-South division

There are many ways to look at and study the Civil War and the events leading up to it, but Daniel Walker Howe offered a new way of looking at the crisis of secession at his 10:45 a.m. lecture Thursday.

In his lecture, “The Secession Crisis,” Howe put the Civil War into the context of the dramatic revolution occurring a generation prior to the war in the way of communication and transportation.

In the years between the War of 1812 and secession, the world was reshaped, Howe said.

Howe to address 19th-century advances leading up to Civil War

Howe to address 19th-century advances leading up to Civil War

The Pony Express, the telegraph, steamboats and railroads — although most would call these things innovations that moved forward America’s history, today’s speaker will discuss how these advances served as a catalyst for the onset of the Civil War.

Daniel Walker Howe, author, historian and professor emeritus, will present “The Secession Crisis” at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater as the fourth speaker in the week exploring “The Path to the Civil War.”

‘What Hath God Wrought’: The Communications Revolution of the 19th century

‘What Hath God Wrought’: The Communications Revolution of the 19th century

On the 24th of May 1844, Professor Samuel F. B. Morse, seated in the chambers of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, tapped out a message on a strange device of cogs and coiled wires. He used a code that he had recently devised and spelled out: “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT.”

Forty miles away, in Baltimore, Morse’s associate Alfred Vail received the electric signals and telegraphed the message back. As those who witnessed it understood, this demonstration would change the world.