To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination by Robert W. Johannsen

To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination

byRobert W. Johannsen

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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For mid-19th-century Americans, the Mexican War was not only a grand exercise in self-identity, legitimizing the young republic's convictions of mission and destiny to a doubting world; it was also the first American conflict to be widely reported in the press and to be waged against an alienfoe in a distant and exotic land. It provided a window onto the outside world and promoted an awareness of a people and a land unlike any Americans had known before. This rich cultural history examines the place of the Mexican War in the popular imagination of the era. Drawing on military andtravel accounts, newspaper dispatches, and a host of other sources, Johannsen vividly recreates the mood and feeling of the period--its unbounded optimism and patriotic pride--and adds a new dimension to our understanding of both the Mexican War and America itself.

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Robert W. Johannsen is at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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Title:To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American ImaginationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 5.31 × 7.99 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"A profound--often disturbing--analysis....It is a book of great significance and wide-ranging implications."--Charles Royster, Louisiana State University