New PDF release: Devotion to the Adopted Country: U.S. Immigrant Volunteers

By Tyler V. Johnson

ISBN-10: 082621973X

ISBN-13: 9780826219732

In Devotion to the followed Country, Tyler V. Johnson seems to be on the efforts of America’s Democratic social gathering and Catholic management to exploit the carrier of immigrant volunteers within the U.S.–Mexican struggle as a weapon opposed to nativism and anti-Catholicism. every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of one of many 5 significant occasions or concerns that arose through the struggle, completing with how the Catholic and immigrant group remembered the conflict through the nativist resurgence of the 1850s and within the outbreak of the Civil warfare. Johnson’s booklet uncovers a brand new social element to army background by way of connecting the battle to the bigger social, political, and non secular threads of antebellum history.

Having grown used to the repeated assaults of nativists upon the constancy and competency of the German and Irish immigrants flooding into the U.S., Democratic and Catholic newspapers vigorously defended the followed electorate they valued as elements and congregants. those efforts usually consisted of arguments extolling the yank virtues of the hot arrivals, pointing to their labor, love of liberty, and willingness to sacrifice for his or her followed country.

However, immigrants occasionally undermined this portrayal through prioritizing their ethnic and/or non secular identities over their identities as new U.S. electorate. Even possibilities doubtless tailored for the defenders of Catholicism and the nation’s followed voters may possibly cross awry. while the supposedly well-disciplined Irish volunteers from Savannah brawled with infantrymen from one other Georgia corporation on a Rio Grande steamboat, the struggle threatened to substantiate the worst stereotypes of the nation’s new Irish voters. moreover, even if the Jesuits John McElroy and Anthony Rey received admirers within the military and within the remainder of the rustic for his or her untiring take care of wounded and ill squaddies in northern Mexico, anti-Catholic activists denounced them for profiting from weak younger males to win converts for the Church.         

Using the letters and private papers of infantrymen, the diaries and correspondence of Fathers McElroy and Rey, Catholic and Democratic newspapers, and armed forces documents, Johnson illuminates the lives and activities of Catholic and immigrant volunteers and the debates over their participation within the battle. laying off mild in this understudied and misunderstood part of the battle with Mexico, Devotion to the followed Country provides to the scholarship on immigration and faith in antebellum the US, illustrating the contentious and debatable technique during which immigrants and their supporters attempted to carve out a spot in U.S. society.

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