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On February 2, 1848, representatives of the United States and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ending hostilities between the two countries and ceding over one-half million square miles of land to the northern victors. In Mexico, this defeat has gradually moved from the periphery of dishonor to the forefront of national consciousness. In the United States, the war has taken an opposite trajectory, falling from its once-celebrated prominence into the shadowy margins of forgetfulness and denial. Why is the U.S.–Mexican War so clearly etched in the minds of Mexicans and so easily overlooked by Americans? This book investigates that issue through a transnational, comparative analysis of how the tools of collective memory—books, popular culture, historic sites, heritage groups, commemorations, and museums—have shaped the war’s multifaceted meaning in the 160 years since it ended. Michael Van Wagenen explores how regional, ethnic, and religious differences influence Americans and Mexicans in their choices of what to remember and what to forget. He further documents what happens when competing memories clash in a quest for dominance and control. In the end, Remembering the Forgotten War addresses the deeper question of how remembrance of the U.S.–Mexican War has influenced the complex relationship between these former enemies now turned friends. It thus provides a new lens through which to view today’s cross-border rivalries, resentments, and diplomatic pitfalls.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. A Note on Perspectives
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Of War and Soccer
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Victory and Dissolution: The United States, 1848–1865&
  2. pp. 9-40
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  1. 2. In the Shadow of Defeat: Mexico, 1848–1866
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. 3. Old Soldiers and New Wars: The United States, 1866–1895
  2. pp. 59-80
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  1. 4. Creating Heroes: Mexico, 1867–1920
  2. pp. 81-100
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  1. 5. Empire and Exclusion: The United States, 1896–1929
  2. pp. 101-127
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  1. 6. Rituals of the State: Mexico, 1921–1952
  2. pp. 128-152
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  1. 7. Good Neighbors and Bad Blood: The United States, 1930–1965
  2. pp. 153-173
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  1. 8. Resisting the Gringos: Mexico, 1953–1989
  2. pp. 174-191
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  1. 9. Contesting American Pasts: The United States, 1966–1989
  2. pp. 192-213
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  1. 10. Remembrance and Free Trade: The United States and Mexico, 1990–2008
  2. pp. 214-239
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  1. Conclusion: Putting the Skeletons to Rest
  2. pp. 240-246
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 247-314
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 315-329
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 330-330
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
  2. pp. 369-370
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613762134
Print ISBN
9781558499294
MARC Record
OCLC
830023583
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-02
Language
English
Open Access
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