The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 79, July 1975 - April, 1976

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

in the instance of the ghetto is not wholly convincing since ghetto walls
have been known to crumble, allowing the black middle-class to escape.
The lack of footnotes in this essay, moreover, is enough to make any his-
torian a bit uneasy. The other three are well documented.
Colorado State University DAVID MCCOMB
The Mexican War: 1846-z848. By K. Jack Bauer. (New York: Macmillan
Publishing Company, 1974. Pp. xv+454. Illustrations, photographs,
bibliography, index. $14.95-)
To Conquer a Peace: The War Between the United States and Mexico.
By John Edward Weems. (New York: Doubleday Publishing Com-
pany, 1974. Pp. xvii+500. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index.
$12.50.)
For a quarter century following the appearance in 1919 of Justin H.
Smith's The War With Mexico that conflict received scant attention from
American scholars. Richard Stenberg published a series of articles during
the 193os accusing President Polk of plotting the way to war, and Eugene
C. Barker produced some able work on the antecedents of the war. But,
generally speaking, it was as though Smith's copiously documented if ethno-
centric work had said it all. Military historians tended to work on other
wars, treating the Mexican War as a sort of exotic but minor martial inci-
dent, important only as a prelude to the events of 1861-1865. Indeed, the
first full-scale history of the Mexican War to appear after Smith's was Alfred
Hoyt Bill's Rehearsal for Conflict (1947). Three years later Robert S.
Henry published The Story of the Mexican War, and in 196o Otis Single-
tary produced a brief history of the war. But as late as the early I960s,
modern writers had produced a sparse crop of work on the Mexican War.
Then, for a variety of reasons, things changed. In 1962 Attorney General
Robert Kennedy remarked that that war had been unjustified and immoral,
which caused a minor furor in the press and perhaps attracted the interest
of some scholars. The "Alliance For Progress" focused fresh attention on
Latin America, and President Lyndon B. Johnson's heralded settling of the
long-standing Chamizal dispute with Mexico may have contributed to the
revival of interest in Mexican-American affairs. The obvious parallels be-
tween the Vietnam and Mexican wars as well as the Chicano movement
may have had a similar effect. In any event, during the past decade, work
by Frederick and Lois Bannister Merk, Glenn Price, Seymour V. Connor,
Odie B. Faulk, John H. Schroeder, David M. Pletcher, and others, has

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