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"We Knew no North, no South": U.S.-Mexican War Veterans and the Construction of Public Memory in the Post-Civil War United States, 1874-1897

Beverton, A; (2016) "We Knew no North, no South": U.S.-Mexican War Veterans and the Construction of Public Memory in the Post-Civil War United States, 1874-1897. American Nineteenth Century History , 17 (1) pp. 1-22. 10.1080/14664658.2016.1167317. Green open access

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Abstract

In 1874, American veterans of the U.S.–Mexican War 1846–1848 formed the National Association of Veterans of the Mexican War (NAVMW). Until the organization’s demise in 1897, NAVMW members crafted and celebrated a vision of their war with Mexico as a national triumph which had united Americans from all sections of the Union in a common cause. This article examines how, by promoting this particular memory of the war to the American public, NAVMW members sought to remind their countrymen of their shared national history, and so aid the process of reconciliation between North and South in the post-Civil War era.

Type: Article
Title: "We Knew no North, no South": U.S.-Mexican War Veterans and the Construction of Public Memory in the Post-Civil War United States, 1874-1897
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14664658.2016.1167317
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/14664658.2016.1167317
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in American Nineteenth Century History on 01-05-16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14664658.2016.1167317
Keywords: Civil War, U.S.–Mexican War, reconciliation, memory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508328
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