America's War with Mexico

A new book paints a vivid picture of the Mexican War and the men who made it.

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As for Trist the refractory diplomat, his political career was finished, though after the next war President Grant tossed him the sinecure of postmaster of Alexandria, Virginia.

Freed of the shadow of John J. Hardin, Illinois congressman Lincoln strode into deityhood. He alone of Greenberg's subjects prospered postwar.

Clay, Lincoln, Trist, as well as the even more forthright dissenters not discussed in this fine book—Ohio Whig Sen. Thomas Corwin, poet James Russell Lowell—reproach our timid age. As Greenberg says, they teach us that "patriotism, in early 1848, required something other than mindless consent to an endless war."

When will we ever relearn?

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Polk's chief asset, according to Greenberg, was his stylish and self-possessed wife Sarah, a shrewd assesser of the political scene and abettor of her husband's fortunes.

    Unfortunately, as first lady, her "Let Us Remain Sedentary!" campaign to get children to put on healthy amounts of fat was a dismal failure.

  • ||

    but her recipe for sugar-coated lard remains a Christmas favourite

  • GILMORE||

    "Texas was the nexus."

    oh, please.

    "...but Nevada was teh Baddest?"

  • GILMORE||

    i genuinely expected the story to be about fruit pickers though. because its not like we have a shortage of modern day panic attacks about a slow-motion Reconquista

  • GILMORE||

    also = "Chinese Drywall May Affect You"?

    best. H+R ad. ever.

  • Martin Paredes||

    It is interesting to me, as a Mexican how little Americans really know about this war. I realize that history is written by the victors and that its perception is normally from the point of view of the one relating the story. In this case, Mexicans know very little about the reasons for the war and the consequences of it is given only a cursory look through the prism of nationalism. Americans on the other hand only encounter it as part of their studies of the Texas rebellion and The Alamo.

    In my opinion, one of the notable events of this war was the St. Patrick’s Battalion. (http://stpatricksbattalion.org/) It was composed of immigrants to America, mainly Irish who defected the American lines and fought for Mexico because of the mistreatment they endured at the hands of the US command. Today, Ireland and Mexico hold a special relationship because of the Irish who fought on the Mexican side.

  • RyanXXX||

    Seeing as it was one of the most immoral wars we ever fought, it's no surprise that American history classes gloss over it. I'm more surprised that Mexicans aren't very knowledgeable about it.

  • Gladstone||

    I'm more surprised that Mexicans aren't very knowledgeable about it.

    Probably this has do to with with the constant instability due to the fighting in the 19th Century between Mexican Conservatives and Liberals. This not only contributed to the Texan Rebellion and Mexico's defeat in the war with the US but also the French attempt to install Maximilian as Emperor. Rather embarassing I imagine and I'm not sure if too many Mexican want to rehabilitate Santa Anna.

  • Juice||

    Is that why their flags are sorta the same colors?

  • XM||

    I learned about the Irish defection in high school, and this was in the late 90's. It's pretty common knowledge. The left leaning AP history teachers won't pretends the US was justified in invading Mexico.

    The Irish fought for the confederates
    (also for the union) in the American Civil War. They shot down other Irish at Fredericksburg, the worst union loss in the Civil War. The Catholic church was with slavery for a while.

  • MaximumBob||

    Of all the stories from that war, none resonate with me more than the tale of the "Ninos Heroes" of the Mexican Army Military Academy.

    Badass Motherfuckers, to the last kid.

  • J_West||

    OK, so let's say we go back in time and prevent the US from going to war with Mexico. Where would the Reason Foundation building be located? Not in its brand new headquarters in Los Angeles, because without the Mexican War there would have been no Winning of the West. The USA would have had the pre-1846 boundaries, which means half or so of the country would not exist. Anyone here who thinks the US War with Mexico was wrong and also lives in any of the territories which the USA gained as a result of that war should immediately pack their bags and leave. The land should then be restored to its original condition.

    As for myself, I enjoy living in an advanced civilization.

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