To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination / Edition 1

To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination / Edition 1

by Robert W. Johannsen, Johannsen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195049810

ISBN-13: 9780195049817

Pub. Date: 01/21/1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

For mid-19th-century Americans, the Mexican War was not only a grand exercise in self-identity, legitimizing the young republic's convictions of mission and destiny to a doubting world; it was also the first American conflict to be widely reported in the press and to be waged against an alien foe in a distant and exotic land. It provided a window onto the outside

Overview

For mid-19th-century Americans, the Mexican War was not only a grand exercise in self-identity, legitimizing the young republic's convictions of mission and destiny to a doubting world; it was also the first American conflict to be widely reported in the press and to be waged against an alien foe in a distant and exotic land. It provided a window onto the outside world and promoted an awareness of a people and a land unlike any Americans had known before. This rich cultural history examines the place of the Mexican War in the popular imagination of the era. Drawing on military and travel accounts, newspaper dispatches, and a host of other sources, Johannsen vividly recreates the mood and feeling of the period—its unbounded optimism and patriotic pride—and adds a new dimension to our understanding of both the Mexican War and America itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195049817
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/21/1988
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.31(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue Washington, July 4, 1848 3(4)
America's First Foreign War
7(14)
A Dare-Devil War Spirit
21(24)
The True Spirit of Patriot Virtue
45(23)
Visions of Romance and Chivalry
68(40)
A New Stock of Heroes
108(36)
Travelers in a Foreign Land
144(31)
A War-Literature
175(29)
Poetry and the Popular Arts
204(37)
The Historians' War
241(29)
The War and the Republic
270(32)
Epilogue A New Epoch in American History 302(11)
Notes 313(40)
Index 353

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