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Author Johannsen, Robert W. (Robert Walter), 1925-2011.
Title To the halls of the Montezumas : the Mexican War in the American imagination / Robert W. Johannsen.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.

Author Johannsen, Robert W. (Robert Walter), 1925-2011.
Subject Mexican War, 1846-1848.
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Influence.
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Literature and the war.
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Art and the war.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 363 pages) : illustrations, map
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-352) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Prologue: Washington, July 4, 1848 -- America's First Foreign War -- A Dare-Devil War Spirit -- The True Spirit of Patriot Virtue -- Visions of Romance and Chivalry -- A New Stock of Heroes -- Travelers in a Foreign Land -- A War-Literature -- Poetry and the Popular Arts -- The Historians' War -- The War and the Republic -- Epilogue: A New Epoch in American History.
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Summary "Our country has entered on a new epoch of its history," wrote a Whig Party journal in 1849, just after America's triumph in the Mexican War. Indeed, for that romantic generation of Americans in the mid-nineteenth century, the Mexican War was a grand exercise in self-identity: it legitimized the young republic's convictions of mission and destiny to a doubting world. It was easily one of the most popular wars the United States has ever fought. This rich cultural history examines the war's place in the popular imagination of the era. As Robert Johannsen notes, the Mexican War was the first American conflict to be widely reported in the press, as well as the first to be waged against an alien foe in a distant, strange, and exotic land. For mid-century Americans, Johannsen shows, the war provided a window onto the outside world, promoting an awareness--if not an understanding--of a people and a land unlike any they had known before. The war helped to dispel some of the mystery of Mexico, as it generated a huge flood of popular literature, poetry, songs, art, and stage plays. Would-be historians began chronicling the war almost as soon as the first shots were fired, and the war provoked myriad questions about the true nature and purposes of the republic. Drawing on military and travel 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. The book's unique perspective not only adds a new dimension to our understanding of the Mexican War; it offers new insights into American itself.--Publisher description.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2011 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 9780195049817
1423736184 (electronic bk.)
9781423736189 (electronic bk.)
9780195364187 (e-book)
OCLC # 84373933
Additional Format Print version: Johannsen, Robert Walter, 1925- To the halls of the Montezumas. New York : Oxford University Press, 1985 (DLC) 84020696.