The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 44
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ministration's general objectives and reflected the views of many
Americans of the time that the war was a natural extension of this
country's manifest destiny. Although she wrote and reported well, the
extent of her influence is not clear. Some of her letters were widely
reprinted, but the New York Sun was not highly respected in Ameri-
can journalism at the time; many of the Sun's other Mexico reports
were suspect to knowledgeable papers because of factual errors they
Storms did, however, contribute an independent, outspoken view-
point on the war, seldom echoing other correspondents or the mili-
tary. Taken as a whole, her Mexico letters provide valuable insight
into the expansionist view of a number of Americans during the two-
49Regarding the influence of her letters, Storms wrote, "[The administration needs] my
good will and good word most grievously .... they have found out at last at Washington
that the independent press of the Empire city holds the balance of the Unions [sic] in a
close contest." Storms to Lamar, Oct. (?), 1845 (?), Gulick et al. (eds.), Papers of Mirabeau
Buonaparte Lamar, IV, Part I, 1o8. Complaints about the Sun's Mexico coverage may be
read in the Picayune (New Orleans), Oct. 15, 1847, and Washington Union, Sept. 15, 1847.
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