Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire

Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire

by Amy S. Greenberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521600804

ISBN-13: 9780521600804

Pub. Date: 06/06/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848) brought two centuries of dramatic territorial expansionism to a close, and apparently fulfilled America's Manifest Destiny. Or did it? Even as politicians schemed to annex new lands in Latin America and the Pacific, other Americans aggressively pursued expansionism independently. In fact, an epidemic of unsanctioned attacks by

Overview

The U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848) brought two centuries of dramatic territorial expansionism to a close, and apparently fulfilled America's Manifest Destiny. Or did it? Even as politicians schemed to annex new lands in Latin America and the Pacific, other Americans aggressively pursued expansionism independently. In fact, an epidemic of unsanctioned attacks by private American mercenaries (known as filibusters) occurred between 1848 and 1860 throughout the Western Hemisphere. This book documents the potency of Manifest Destiny in the antebellum era, and analyzes imperial lust in the context of the social and economic transformations that were changing the definition of gender in the U.S. Amy S. Greenberg is Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is also the author of Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City (Princeton, 1998). She has served on the governing boards of the Urban History Association, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and on the editorial board of Journal of Urban History. She is the recipient of the Pennsylvania State University George Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as numerous fellowships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521600804
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/06/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The 'New Frontier' as safety valve: the political and social context of manifest destiny, 1800–60; 2. An American Central America: boosters, travelers, and the persistence of Manifest destiny; 3. American men abroad: sex and violence in the Latin American travelogue; 4. William Walker and the regeneration of martial manhood; 5. The irresistible pirate: Narciso López and the public meeting; 6. American womanhood abroad; 7. Manifest destiny and manly missionaries: expansionism in the Pacific; Conclusion: American manhood and war, 1860 to the present.

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