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The Resource A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos

A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos

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A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War
Title
A short, offhand, killing affair
Title remainder
soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War
Statement of responsibility
Paul Foos
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: 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 examination of rank-and-file soldiers, Paul Foos sheds new light on the war and its effect on attitudes toward other races and nationalities that stood in the way of American expansionism. Drawing on wartime diaries and letters not previously examined by scholars, Foos shows that the experience of soldiers in the war differed radically from the positive, patriotic image trumpeted by political and military leaders seeking recruits for a volunteer army. Promised access to land, economic opportunity, and political equality, the enlistees instead found themselves subjected to unusually harsh discipline and harrowing battle conditions. As a result, some soldiers adapted the rhetoric of Manifest Destiny to their own purposes, taking for themselves what had been promised, often by looting the Mexican countryside or committing racial and sexual atrocities. Others deserted the army to fight for the enemy or seek employment in the West. These acts, Foos argues, along with the government's tacit acceptance of them, translated into a more violent, damaging variety of Manifest Destiny
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DLC
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Foos, Paul W
Dewey number
973.6/28
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E409.2
LC item number
.F66 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • Soldiers
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
Label
A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-216) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The regular army and antebellum labor: service and servitude -- Citizens' militias in the United States -- Volunteer excitement among the masses -- Forced to volunteer: the politics of compulsion -- Discipline and desertion in Mexico -- Atrocity: the wage of manifest destiny -- Dreams of conquest and the limits of the white man's democracy -- Free soil and the heritage of the citizen-soldier
Control code
48773809
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9780807827314
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001059757
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The regular army and antebellum labor: service and servitude -- Citizens' militias in the United States -- Volunteer excitement among the masses -- Forced to volunteer: the politics of compulsion -- Discipline and desertion in Mexico -- Atrocity: the wage of manifest destiny -- Dreams of conquest and the limits of the white man's democracy -- Free soil and the heritage of the citizen-soldier
Control code
48773809
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9780807827314
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001059757
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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