Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 6, 2005 - History - 323 pages
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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.
 

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A good examination of mid-19th Century ideals of manhood, and how those ideas were physically acted upon by those seeking territorial expansion for the United States. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The New Frontier as Safety Valve The Political and Social Context of Manifest Destiny 18001860
18
Enter the Filibusters
27
Political Repercussions and Responses in the Second Party System
33
The Horizontal Comradeship of Manifest Destiny
40
Two Interpretations
47
An American Central America Boosters Travelers and the Persistence of Manifest Destiny
54
Redrawing the Map
59
Walker Condemned
151
Walker Celebrated
158
The GrayEyed Man Has Come
165
The Irresistible Pirate Narciso Lopez and the Public Meeting
170
Martial Manhood Comes Home
178
American Women Abroad
197
Manifest Domesticity in Latin America
200
Removing White American Women from Latin America
215

Manifest Destiny and the Travelers Encounter with Central America
78
American Men Abroad Sex and Violence in the Latin American Travelogue
88
Race and Manifest Destiny
91
Looking at the Latin American Man
96
The Manly American
106
Looking at Latin American Women
112
The Irresistible American
123
William Walker and the Regeneration of Martial Manhood
135
Substance versus Trappings in the Construction of Manly Character
139
The Promise of Regeneration
147
Female Filibusters? Lucy Holcombe and Cora Montgomery
221
Manifest Destiny and Manly Missionaries Expansionism in the Pacific
231
The Game Cock
232
Annexationists Consider Hawaii
243
Restrained Manhood in Hawaii
254
The Perry Expedition to Japan 18521854
261
American Manhood and War 1860 to the Present
269
Bibliography
283
Index
307
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Amy S. Greenberg is Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies at the 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 America Republic, and on the editorial board of the 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.

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