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By Paul Foos

The Mexican-American battle (1846-48) came across americans on new terrain. A republic based at the precept of armed safeguard of freedom was once now going to warfare on behalf of appear future, looking to triumph over an surprising kingdom and other people. via an exam of rank-and-file squaddies, Paul Foos sheds new mild at the struggle and its influence on attitudes towards different races and nationalities that stood within the manner of yank expansionism.

Drawing on wartime diaries and letters no longer formerly tested by way of students, Foos exhibits that the event of squaddies within the conflict differed appreciably from the optimistic, patriotic snapshot trumpeted by way of political and army leaders looking recruits for a volunteer military. Promised entry to land, financial chance, and political equality, the enlistees as a substitute discovered themselves subjected to strangely harsh self-discipline and harrowing conflict stipulations. hence, a few infantrymen tailored the rhetoric of appear future to their very own reasons, taking for themselves what have been promised, frequently through 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, besides the government's tacit popularity of them, translated right into a extra violent, harmful number of take place Destiny.

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