History, History, Always History

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I came across a link to Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 which narrates the period in U.S. history which saw simultaneously territorial growth, religious revival, booming industrialization, a recalibrating of American democracy, and the rise of nationalist sentiment. This is such a critical period in the formation not only of the nation and the way we imagine the nation but also in a number of folk traditions. I really would like a semester, or at least some three-month period, to immerse myself in exploring the period in much more detail. I wonder if one of my colleague’s in history would have some recommendations.