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By Paul Foos

The Mexican-American warfare (1846-48) chanced on americans on new terrain. A republic based at the precept of armed protection of freedom was once now going to warfare on behalf of occur future, looking to triumph over an unusual state and other people. via an exam of rank-and-file squaddies, Paul Foos sheds new mild at the warfare and its impact 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 by means of students, Foos indicates that the event of squaddies within the struggle differed notably from the optimistic, patriotic photograph trumpeted through political and army 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. therefore, a few infantrymen tailored the rhetoric of take place future to their very own reasons, taking for themselves what were promised, usually by way 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 recognition of them, translated right into a extra violent, harmful number of happen Destiny.

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