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Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War

John C. Pinheiro

Abstract

“Manifest Destiny“ and American republicanism relied on a deeply racialist and anti-Catholic civil-religious discourse. This book traces the rise to prominence of this discourse beginning in the 1820s and culminating in the Mexican-American War of 1846–1848. It was social reformer and Protestant evangelist Lyman Beecher who was most responsible for synthesizing seemingly unrelated strands of religious, patriotic, expansionist, and political sentiment into one universally understood argument about the future of the United States. During the Mexican-American War this “Beecherite Synthesis” pr ... More

Keywords: Manifest Destiny, anti-Catholicism, evangelical, expansion, James K. Polk, Catholic, republicanism, Anglo-Saxonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948673
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948673.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Pinheiro, author
Aquinas College