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By Paul Foos

The Mexican-American struggle (1846-48) chanced on american citizens on new terrain. A republic based at the precept of armed protection of freedom was once now going to conflict on behalf of occur future, looking to overcome an unexpected country and folks. via an exam of rank-and-file squaddies, Paul Foos sheds new mild at the battle and its impact on attitudes towards different races and nationalities that stood within the manner of yankee 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 photograph trumpeted by means of political and army leaders looking recruits for a volunteer military. Promised entry to land, financial chance, and political equality, the enlistees as an alternative came upon themselves subjected to strangely harsh self-discipline and harrowing conflict stipulations. for that reason, a few infantrymen tailored the rhetoric of happen future to their very own reasons, taking for themselves what have been promised, usually by means of looting the Mexican geographical region 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, in addition to the government's tacit popularity of them, translated right into a extra violent, destructive number of take place Destiny.

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