By Paul Foos

The Mexican-American battle (1846-48) came across american citizens on new terrain. A republic based at the precept of armed protection of freedom was once now going to battle on behalf of occur future, looking to overcome an unusual kingdom and folks. via an exam of rank-and-file infantrymen, Paul Foos sheds new mild at the warfare and its influence on attitudes towards different races and nationalities that stood within the approach of yank expansionism.

Drawing on wartime diaries and letters now not formerly tested through students, Foos exhibits that the adventure of squaddies within the struggle differed notably from the optimistic, patriotic photo trumpeted by way of political and armed forces leaders looking recruits for a volunteer military. Promised entry to land, monetary chance, and political equality, the enlistees as a substitute came across themselves subjected to surprisingly harsh self-discipline and harrowing conflict stipulations. hence, a few squaddies tailored the rhetoric of occur future to their very own reasons, taking for themselves what were promised, usually by means of looting the Mexican nation-state or committing racial and sexual atrocities. Others abandoned the military to struggle for the enemy or search employment within the West. those acts, Foos argues, besides the government's tacit popularity of them, translated right into a extra violent, destructive number of appear Destiny.

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