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

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Oxford University Press, Jan 21, 1988 - History - 662 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Americas First Foreign War
7
CHAPTER 2 A DareDevil War Spirit
21
CHAPTER 3 The True Spirit of Patriot Virtue
45
CHAPTER 4 Visions of Romance and Chivalry
68
CHAPTER 5 A New Stock of Heroes
108
CHAPTER 6 Travelers in a Foreign Land
144
CHAPTER 7 A WarLiterature
175
CHAPTER 8 Poetry and the Popular Arts
204
CHAPTER 9 The Historians War
241
CHAPTER 10 The War and the Republic
270
A New Epoch in American History
302
Notes
313
Index
353
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Johannsen is J.G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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