Timothy J. Henderson's "A Glorious Defeat"
Relates the significant part the Mexican nation played in its war against the United States as told by Timothy J. Henderson in his book "A Glorious Defeat".
# 153396 | 905 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 |
Published on May 28, 2013 in Literature (American) , Sociology (Multiculturalism) , History (US-Mexican War)
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This paper explains that Timothy J. Henderson's "A Glorious Defeat" is unique because of its non-partial viewpoint of the Mexican-American War, which allows a much clearer examination of the social, economic and political forces that played a role in the beginning and perpetuation of this war. Next, the author stresses that, from this war, the American victors considered themselves not only as superior but also as invincible. The paper underscores that the Mexican-American war infused the popular consciousness with racism especially against the Mexicans and the Native Nations in the United States that still exists in many forms of prejudice and discrimination in the U.S.A. today.
From the Paper:"Allegations were, for example, that Mexican army officers attained their distinguished positions not by means of personal prowess or military excellence, but largely by dishonest means such as bribery. Indeed, newspapers perpetuated the idea of inferiority, by also demeaning the morals and habits of Mexican officers. The Mexican nation was also compared with the slaves of the American South, and unfavorably so. These unfavorable comparisons were made based on both racial differences and the corruption of political, military and religious fabric in Mexico itself. While Americans held a quite romantic and worthy view of Mexico in the past, reports by newspaper and other forms of literature after the war created the opposite, and set the stage of perpetual racism that still exists to some degree today.
"This racism, as mentioned, gained a wider focus in the American West, where Native Americans were also assumed to be less civilized and moral than Caucasian Americans. This type of superiority since the Mexican American war infused the popular consciousness and still exists in many forms of prejudice and discrimination.
"The pride that Americans felt in themselves as a nation also increased many times since the country's victory over Mexico."
Sample of Sources Used:
- All Empires Online History Community. The Mexican American War. Online: http://www.allempires.com/article/index.php?q=war_mexican
- Henderson, Timothy J. A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States. New York: Hill & Wang, 2007
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Timothy J. Henderson's "A Glorious Defeat" (2013, May 28) Retrieved January 21, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/timothy-j-henderson-a-glorious-defeat-153396/
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