The war that President
Grant called "the most unjust . . . ever waged by a stronger
against a weaker nation" is explored by Mexican and American
scholars in this fully illustrated companion to the powerful
four-part PBS series. 280 photos, 30 in color.
Drawing on numerous diaries,
journals, and reminiscences, Richard Bruce Winders presents the
daily life of soldiers at war; links the army to the society
that produced it; shares his impressions of the soldiers he "met"
along the way; and concludes that American participants in the
Mexican War shared a common experience, no matter their rank
or place of service. Taking a "new" military history
approach, Mr. Polk's Army: The American Military Experience in
the Mexican War examines the cultural, social, and political
aspects of the regular and volunteer forces that made up the
army of 1846-48, presents the organizational framework of the
army, and introduces the different styles of leadership exhibited
by Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott
Bear Flag Rising: The Conquest of
by Dale L. Walker
Hardcover. Forge Press, Julyy 1999
On June 14, 1846, a band of rebels calling themselves "Osos"--their
name inspired by grizzly bears whose "fighting spirit"
they admired--gathered in the plaza of Sonoma, California. At
dawn that day, they had ridden into the town and occupied it,
forcing the Mexican Colonel Vallejo to surrender. In celebration
of their bloodless victory, the rebels fashioned a flag bearing
their emblem: a brown bear on a white field, a red stripe along
the bottom and a red star in the upper corner, and the words
"California Republic"--painted in pokeberry juice.
The Osos cheered as the Bear Flag was raised for the first time.
Dale L. Walker's Bear Flag Rising tells how America wrested California
from Mexico, and the events that changed the map of the U.S.
more radically than any event after the Louisiana Purchase. Walker
enlivens California's already colorful history with capsule biographies
of the heroic villains and villainous heroes that populated the
area. Notable among these are Commodore Robert Field Stockton
and General Stephen Watts Kearny, both ostensibly with the same
purpose--to claim California and fulfill America's Manifest Destiny--but
with differing methods and goals. Caught between the rival conquerors'
enormous egos, celebrated explorer John Charles Frémont
ended up with his career (and, possibly, his life) in danger.
Thoroughly researched, engagingly written, Bear Flag Rising is
an excellent addition to the growing list of books on the American
West. --Sunny Delaney, Amazon.com
Paperback, Published by the University
Of Oklahoma Press 1975
A good basic book in California history.
An outstanding collection of maps of maps tracing the routes
of early Spanish and Mexican explorers, early Indian wars, the
Bear Flag revolt, and other items of interest to California historians.