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The Diplomacy of Annexation: Texas, Oregon, and the Mexican War.
by Pletcher, David M.
Published by University of Missouri Press (1975)
Hardcover 656 pages Measures 9.5x6x2 inches Weighs 2 pounds 7 ounces

Condition: Good.
This is an ex libres, from a reference area within the library, not to be taken out as a loaner.
Thus, it is very good for a library book, aside from the dust jacket being affixed to the boards. First blank leaf has usual libres stamps.
Pages are clean, white and bright.

Abbreviations Used in Footnotes xi
Introduction 1
Part I The Growing Tensions, 1815-1842
1. The Special Relationship: Britain and the United States . . 9
2. The Sick Man of North America: Mexico 31
3. The Border Provinces: Texas 64
4. The Border Provinces: California and Oregon 89
Part II The Annexation of Texas, 1843-1845
5. Tyler's Campaign for Texas 113
6. Annexation Defeated, Polk Elected 139
7. Annexation Completed . . . *72
8. The Push to the Pacific 208
Part III Oregon and the Rio Grande Boundary, 1845-1846
9. Polk Takes the Initiative 229
10. Polk Tightens the Screws 273
11. The Oregon Debate 312
12- "War... by the Act of Mexico" 352
Part IV The Winning of the West, 1846-1848
13. Oregon Compromised, California Occupied 395
14. The Expansion of the War 439
15. The Impasse at Mexico City 484
*6. Trist Signs a Treaty 522
18 TK6 A?°gee and Decline of Expansionism 551
• The Diplomacy of Annexation: An Appraisal 576
List of Mans a

For well over a century Americans have been studying the
history of their great territorial acquisitions during the 1840s. The
annexation of Texas, the Oregon compromise, and the occupation
of California have become chapters in the epic that Theodore
Roosevelt called "the winning of the West." It is easy to under­
stand this heroic view of American expansion. The events them­
selves have grandeur, and their results—possession of the South­
west and the Pacific Coast—assured America's destiny as a Great
The annexations of the 1840s reached their climax in a mili­
tary conflict whose causes and justification have stimulated never-
ending argument. The Mexican War, through which the United
States gained possession of California and New Mexico, appealed
to a strain of moralistic exaggeration in the American character.
To some the war was eminently right, "a monument more lasting
than brass,"1 and it came about "as logically as a thunderstorm."2
To others it was "wholesale butchery" carried on by "presidential
despotism,"8 the greedy action of "a quarrelsome people seeking a
cause for hostility,... [and] an ambitious and selfish government
envying her neighbor her possessions, and watching an oppor­
tunity to despoil her of them."4 Extremists saw the war either as
the culminating act of bravery in the western epic or as the great
Wain on the American shield, the curse of the house of Atreus.
These opposite views of the Mexican War developed from
certain conditions of the postwar environment. At first, in the late
fo h a 1^5os» many writers about the war tried to prove a c a se
PT •? Dcmocratic Party or for the Whig party. Some insisted that
a la* 1 James K' Polk undertook an honorable conflict only as
pani teSOrt; others "Plied that he brought it on deliberately for
lsan advantage. After the Civil War and Reconstruction

The Diplomacy of Annexation: Texas, Oregon, and the Mexican War. by Pletcher, David M. Published by University of Missouri Press (1975)


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