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The conflict between the satated ideals of "Manifest Destiny" (the 19th-century American concept of territorial entitlement) and the tactics used to implement it -- which ultimately absorbed, shuffled, and displaced the cultures, communities, and individuals in its path -- is often viewed ambivalently by U.S. citizens. And its victims have virtually been forgotten in American history books.

One of these conflicts resulted in the U.S.-Mexican War, which began in 1845 when the ...

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Overview

The conflict between the satated ideals of "Manifest Destiny" (the 19th-century American concept of territorial entitlement) and the tactics used to implement it -- which ultimately absorbed, shuffled, and displaced the cultures, communities, and individuals in its path -- is often viewed ambivalently by U.S. citizens. And its victims have virtually been forgotten in American history books.

One of these conflicts resulted in the U.S.-Mexican War, which began in 1845 when the U.S. annexed Texas and Mexico reacted to try to protect its northern border. In bloody hostilities that lasted until 1848, the United States acquired a million square miles of territory -- land that included the present states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Mexico lost nearly half its territory. Unique natural phenomena like the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, Yosemite Valley, and Pike's Peak became part of the United States. And the Gold Rush, which might have helped build the Mexican economy, instead became the basis for America's industrial triumphs.

The war that President Grant called "the most unjust...ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation" has rarely been subject to the kind of scrutiny and analysis afforded other historical conflicts involving the U.S. That situation is redressed with the four-part PBS series and this book, which features a distinguished group of Mexican and American scholars exploring the roots of the conflict, contemporary reactions on both sides of the border, the myths and realities of what occurred, and the war's lasting legacy for both parties.

The U.S.-Mexican War gives a history of the 19th-century nations and their development, then sheds light on the contrasting perspectives of the war, which has been called "The Mexican War" or the "U.S. Invasion," depending on whose history you are reading. Included are fascinating personal accounts from diaries and letters from soldiers, citizens, and politicians from both sides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912333441
  • Publisher: Bay Soma Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 9.11 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Looking Back
1 Histories in Conflict 7
2 A Fight for Texas 15
3 The Republic of Texas 29
Pt. 2 March to War 44
4 Last Chance for Peace 47
5 Hostilities Commence 56
6 The United States Declares War 68
Pt. 3 War for the West 86
7 The Fight for California 91
8 Claiming the West 105
Pt. 4 The Battle for Northern Mexico 122
9 The Defense of Monterrey 126
10 Divided Armies 139
11 The Battle of Buena Vista 151
Pt. 5 Into the Heart of Mexico 162
12 The Taking of Veracruz 166
13 The Defense of Cerro Gordo 177
14 Gathering Forces 185
15 The Splendid City 198
Epilogue: Legacy 212
Final Words 232
Timeline 234
Bibliography 237
Image Credits 241
Index 244
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