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A Wicked War - Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.s. Invasion of Mexico

Amy S. Greenberg

Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay, and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States, evoking time, place, event, and personality with equal parts authority and narrative flair.

Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay, and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States, evoking time, place, event, and personality with equal parts authority and narrative flair.
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Genres:

History

Description:

Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay, and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States, evoking time, place, event, and personality with equal parts authority and narrative flair.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Caroline Shaffer

Length:

12h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

19:15


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

01:05:02


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

52:01


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

57:23


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

01:10:13


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

57:53


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

01:04:41


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

01:05:44


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

38:38


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

01:05:10


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

35:23


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

01:18:21


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

37:29


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

40:24


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

18:53


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

00:06