Manifest Destinies

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/2/2010
  • Publisher: Knopf

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This sweeping history of the 1840s captures America's enormous sense of possibility and shows how the extraordinary expansion of territories forced the nation to come to grips with the deep rift that would bring war just a decade later.

Author Biography

Steven E. Woodworth earned his PhD in history at Rice University in 1987. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of twenty-eight books on American history, including Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861–1863. He is currently a professor of history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he resides.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Two-Party System
The Log Cabin and Hard Cider Campaignp. 3
Tyler, Clay, and the Durability of the Two-Party Systemp. 26
Abolitionismp. 40
Westward Expansion
The Oregon Trailp. 57
The Allure and the Danger of Californiap. 78
The Mormons and Their Migrationp. 91
The Politics of Expansion
Tyler and Texasp. 107
The Election of 1844p. 125
Texas Annexationp. 1393
War with Mexico
Armies Along the Rio Grandep. 151
The Monterrey Campaignp. 167
New Mexico, Chihuahua, and Californiap. 189
Buena Vistap. 212
Veracruz, Cerro Gordo, and the Politics of Expansionp. 235
To the Gates of Mexico Cityp. 256
A Conquered Capital and a Negotiated Peacep. 276
The Political System and the Controversies of Expansion
The Election of 1848p. 297
The California Gold Rushp. 312
California and the Expansion of Slaveryp. 329
The Struggle for Compromisep. 341
Notesp. 359
Indexp. 395
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