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Manifest Destinies

Manifest Destinies by Steven E. Woodworth
Nov 01, 2011 | 448 Pages
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“[This] new, magnificent account . . . is full of wonder even for seasoned students of U.S. history.” —The Dallas Morning News

“A vivid, episodic pageant of westward-ho empire building. . . . This is narrative history writ large and vigorously—with foreshadowings of tragedy.” —Publishers Weekly

“In this balanced political and military history, Woodworth tracks political tensions exacerbated by continental expansion. . . . Woodworth dramatically presages the collapse of political parties in the 1850s by his accessible account of the 1840s.” —Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

Table Of Contents

List of Maps

PART ONE: The Two Party System
The Log Cabin and Hard Cider Campaign
Tyler, Clay, and the Durability of the Two-Party System

PART TWO: Westward Expansion
The Oregon Trail
The Allure and the Danger of California
The Mormons and Their Migration
PART THREE: The Politics of Expansion
Tyler and Texas
The Election of 1844
Texas Annexation
PART FOUR: War with Mexico
Armies Along the Rio Grande
The Monterrey Campaign
New Mexico, Chihuahua, and California
Buena Vista
Veracruz, Cerro Gordo, and the Politics of Expansion
To the Gates of Mexico City
A Conquered Capital and a Negotiated Peace
PART FIVE: The Political System and the Controversies of Expansion
The Election of 1848
The California Gold Rush
California and the Expansion of Slavery
The Struggle for Compromise

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