Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire

TitleManifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGreenberg, Amy S.
Number of Pages338
PublisherCambridge University Press
City, CountryCambridge
Abstract

The U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848) brought two centuries of dramatic territorial expansionism to a close, and apparently fulfilled America's Manifest Destiny. Or did it? Even as politicians schemed to annex new lands in Latin America and the Pacific, other Americans aggressively pursued expansionism independently. In fact, an epidemic of unsanctioned attacks by private American mercenaries (known as filibusters) occurred between 1848 and 1860 throughout the Western Hemisphere. This book documents the potency of Manifest Destiny in the antebellum era, and analyzes imperial lust in the context of the social and economic transformations that were changing the definition of gender in the U.S. Amy.

(UNC Chapel Hill)

Short TitleManifest Manhood
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