A Short, Offhand, Killing Affair: Soldiers and Social Conflict During the Mexican-American War

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2002 - History - 223 pages
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The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) found Americans on new terrain. A republic founded on the principle of armed defense of freedom was now going to war on behalf of Manifest Destiny, seeking to conquer an unfamiliar nation and people. Through an examina
  

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This is a bible for the Battle of Cowpens -- an excellent treatment. Only minor errors, nothing significant, i.e., Joseph Pickens is identified as Andrew pickens' younger brother. Joseph was 2-1/2 ... Read full review

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Babits book on Cowpens clears up a lot of questions about unit strength, the composition of the American force at Cowpens, as well as troop movements during the battle. It is very readable and quite interesting. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Regular Army and Antebellum Labor Service and Servitude
13
Citizens Militias in the United States
31
Volunteer Excitement among the Masses
45
Forced to Volunteer The Politics of Compulation
61
Discipline ans Desertion in Mexico
83
Atrocity The Wage of Manifest Destiny
113
Dreams of Conquest and the Limits of the White Mans Democracy
139
Free Soil and the Heritage of the CitizenSoldier
155
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Page 203 - RAMBLES by Land and Water, or notes of Travel in Cuba and Mexico ; including a canoe voyage up the River Panuco, and researches among the ruins of Tamaulipas, etc.

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Paul Foos teaches history at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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