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Children's Literature
In 1846 the army of American General Zachary Taylor crossed into Mexico and began a relatively small scale but extremely momentous war. The Mexican War of 1846-48 involved armies that were dwarfed by later conflicts such as the Civil War. With a force of only a few thousand men, General Taylor swept across Mexico consistently defeating much larger enemy forces. Brave soldiers of the Mexican Army fought for a dictatorial regime for which they had little love. When confronted by the small but skillful American Army, the Mexican troops often were defeated as much by their own leaders' ineptness as anything else. In the end, the American victory in the Mexican War allowed the United States government to absorb vast territories that included Texas, California and the Southwestern states. This victory also laid the groundwork for enmity between Mexico and the United States that, in some ways, persists today. Additionally, the Mexican War worsened internal political squabbles over slavery that eventually led to the American Civil War. These complicated and militarily fascinating elements are well handled in Charles Carey, Jr.'s history of the Mexican War. The author does a creditable job of tracing the often-confusing course of the Mexican War. He also provides good background information concerning the political implications of the struggle. This is a solid book that young readers with an interest in military history will enjoy. 2002, Enslow, Romaneck
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Gr 6-9-Carey's tightly organized account of the 1846-1848 war addresses the origins, strategies, battles, and people involved in the conflict. The ramifications of the war for each country are discussed in separate chapters. This exploration of one of the less-well-known wars in American history compares favorably with Don Nardo's The Mexican-American War (Lucent, 1999). Warrick explores the 1812-1815 war between the U.S. and Britain. History refers to this conflict in many ways, including "the war that nobody won," the "second war of independence," and "the incredible War of 1812." The author explains why each of these designations has some validity. Significant repercussions are summarized in the last chapter, including the meaning of the war for Native Americans. With a text that is less dry than many history books, this title will earn its keep as a circulating resource for assignments. Both volumes have numerous black-and-white illustrations, a time line, solid footnotes, and chapters that begin with relevant quotes.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766018532
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: American War Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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