To the Halls of the Montezumas The Mexican War in the American Imagination

ISBN-10: 0195049810
ISBN-13: 9780195049817
Edition: 1985
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Description: For the romantic generation of Americans in the mid-nineteenth century, the Mexican war was a grand exercise in self-identity: it legitimized the young republic's convictions of mission and destiny to a doubting world. This book examines the war's  More...

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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/21/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

For the romantic generation of Americans in the mid-nineteenth century, the Mexican war was a grand exercise in self-identity: it legitimized the young republic's convictions of mission and destiny to a doubting world. This book examines the war's place in the popular imagination of the era. The Mexican War was the first American conflict to be widely reported in the press, as well as the first to be waged against an alien in a distant, strange, and exotic land. For mid-century Americans, the author shows, the war provided a window onto the outside world, promoting an awareness - if not an understanding - of a people and a land unlike any they had known before. Drawing on military and travel accounts, newspaper dispatches, and a host of other sources, the author recreates the mood and feeling of the period - its unbounded optimism and its patriotic pride.

Prologue: Washington, July 4, 1848
America's First Foreign War
A Dare-Devil War Spirit
The True Spirit of Patriot Virtue
Visions of Romance and Chivalry
A New Stock of Heroes
Travelers in a Foreign Land
A War-Literature
Poetry and the Popular Arts
The Historians' War
The War and the Republic
Epilogue: A New Epoch in American History
Notes
Index

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