It does a spectacular job of showing how the anti-war movement grew and gained momentum throughout the war. Location 1278-1278 few Indians felt any allegiance to the nation or considered themselves Mexicans. But, I got it the first time and don't need my nose rubbed in it over and over. . I absolutely loved this book and everything about it.
But President Polk used this inevitability to try to claim huge sections of Mexico for the U. However, I do feel I was misled by the description on the book, and I want to warn prospective readers that A Wicked War is a history of the politics of the Mexican-American War, not a history of the military actions of the Mexican-American War. Polk, Nicholas Trist, and Abraham Lincoln: all deftly characterized with a few well-chosen anecdotes. This book is very well written and I would certainly not hesitate in recommending it to my good reads friends. When also refused to negotiate, sent troops to the disputed area in case should cross the river.
It is lifted from a statement Ulysses S. She traveled with him to political events, and hosted several political dinners each week in the White House, even when he was absent. Location 1384-1384 On March 1, just days before leaving office, a vindicated John Tyler invited Texas to join the United States. I recommend it to pretty much anyone who is interested in the Mexican American war or in early American history in general. He was extremely self-righteous, borderline paranoid, and had virtually no sense of humor. May work on Leftist college campuses but not in the real world.
She constantly uses a southern accent when reading quotes. Is war a terrible thing? Series Title: Other Titles: A Wicked War : Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U. Most of the reading I do is about the Civil War yet I read about 15 history books per year. I found it totally refreshing to get an understanding of the partnership her and President Polk had. I absolutely loved this book and everything about it. Certainly Professor Greenberg's book will immediately become the standard account of the Mexican War, at last giving it an important place in the history of the United States.
Location 867-869 The American people were ready for annexation; indeed, they believed just what Polk did—that the United States was destined to expand and should take every opportunity to do so. I blame this on how they teach history in the U. And I am very disappointed that I chose this book as my one book to read on the Mexican-American War. This definitive history of the 1846 conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world. Nothing to glorify in the American character here. His speech did cost him any chance for the Presidency but it did change the tide.
However I don't think it suffers because of this. The Americans brought slaves in defiance of a Mexican law abolishing the institution. Lincoln opposed it and made a speech in congress which would come back to haunt him as he sought the presidency in 1860 while memory of the success of the war made it popular. A: Polk is a hard man to like. It is a story of Indian fights, Manifest Destiny, secret military maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. Thoreau wrote civil disobedience in opposing this war and going to jail for it.
It looks as if the government sent a small force on purpose to bring on a war, so as to have a pretext for taking California and as much as this country as it chooses. Despite Mexican attempts to ban further immigration, by 1835 30,000 Americans lived in Texas, where they outnumbered native Mexicans tejanos by six to one. Polk compelled a divided Congress to support his war with Mexico, it was the first time that the young American nation would engage another republic in battle. The book is edited by our guest, Karl Weber. Location 5330-5333 After Polk provoked a war and then lied to Congress about it, could presidents be trusted to behave honestly in matters of life and death? After its annexation, broke off diplomatic relations with the United States. The non-elites caught in the middle were basically the victim of a failed economics was always Statist.
Lincoln's thought processes during this time were also enlightening and provide some insight into his stand relative to freedom and justice when he became President. I settled on three stars. This is, without a close second, the worst and most one-sided account of the Mexican-American War I have ever read. S all the way to the California coast, picking up Oregon in the process. Hardly, the coverage I would expect of these two major battles. Caught up in the conflict and the political furor surrounding it were Abraham Lincoln, then a new congressman; Polk, the dour president committed to territorial expansion at any cost; and Henry Clay, the aging statesman whose presidential hopes had been frustrated once again, but who still harbored influence and had one last great speech up his sleeve.
This was a war fought for the acquisition of territory, with Polk's eyes firmly on the prize of California with her natural resources and ports providing easy access to Hawaii and Asia. Polk compelled a divided Congress to support his war with Mexico, it was the first time that the young American nation would engage another republic in battle. Census would show that it had closed within the previous ten years. Had the people of Massachusetts not protested the war as immoral, the residents of other states would not have known that sustained opposition was both possible and patriotic. Though not a military history, Greenberg does briefly cover many battles. What the author glosses over was that the American frontier was Most academics are politically left wing and for social scientists like this author that bias often prevails in their writing. Never before had slavery been unknown.
I had a fantastic time with this book. If they do they might remember that the American southwest was carved out of Mexico because we won it. Did the author intend that? I absolutely loved this book and think it is a solid book for anyone looking to learn about the war. Not only did he wage an unjust war against a neighboring republic, but he appears to have felt no compunction about lying to important figures in his own party. Reading of Lincoln in his early days and how Clay was such a model for him was very interesting. The political battles over the expansion of slavery in the west were a driving factor in Lincoln's election and southern secession. The title is presented as possibly showing the author's bias yet this is part of a quote taken from no less a figure than Civil War hero President Grant.