Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire by Amy S. Greenberg

By Amy S. Greenberg

The U.S.-Mexico battle (1846-1848) introduced centuries of dramatic territorial expansionism to a detailed, and it seems that fulfilled America's occur future. Or did it? at the same time politicians schemed to annex new lands in Latin the US and the Pacific, different americans aggressively pursued expansionism independently. in reality, an outbreak of unsanctioned assaults through deepest American mercenaries (known as filibusters) happened among 1848 and 1860 during the Western Hemisphere. This publication records the efficiency of occur future within the antebellum period, and analyzes imperial lust within the context of the social and fiscal differences that have been altering the definition of gender within the united states Amy S. Greenberg is affiliate Professor of historical past and Women's reviews at Pennsylvania country collage. She is usually the writer of reason for Alarm: The Volunteer fireplace division within the Nineteenth-Century urban (Princeton, 1998). She has served at the governing forums of the city heritage organization, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and at the editorial board of magazine of city heritage. She is the recipient of the Pennsylvania kingdom college George Atherton Award for Excellence in instructing, in addition to quite a few fellowships.

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After all, the war cost thirteen thousand American and twenty thousand Mexican lives, and it transferred 1 , 1 9 3 ,061 square miles of Mexican territory (including Texas) to the United States. -Mexico War served to enflame expansionist desire, seemingly fulfilling the proclamations of the most rabid exponents of Manifest Destiny and offering a precedent for further dramatic gains. During the war, New England transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson predicted that " Mexico will poison us.

The light-skinned Carvajal, who spoke English fluently, had little trouble finding Anglos who were willing to follow him into Tamaulipas on three separate occasions in the early I 850S to fight for both freedom and free tradeY During the same period, Californians targeted the Mexican states closest to them. Given that the vast maj ority of the California population had ar­ rived as a result of the 1 84 9 gold rush, the reported great mineral wealth of Sonora attracted a great deal of unwanted attention.

The triumph of the American Revolution (a war against British imperialism that did not reject imperialism in principle) was seen as prov­ idential by the American people, and republican ideology provided secular support to the sacred notion that Americans were a people apart. Even in the early years of the republic, many Americans accepted continental expan­ sion as both natural and inevitable. As Jedediah Morse proclaimed in his 1 7 8 9 children's geography textbook, "we cannot but anticipate the period, as not far distant, when the American Empire will comprehend millions of souls, west of the Mississippi.

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