Ways to be Wicked

by Bill Kauffman on February 5, 2013 · 1 comment <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

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Via Reason, my review of Amy S. Greenberg’s A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico: http://reason.com/archives/2013/02/05/americas-war-with-mexico.

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avatar Art Deco February 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm

The southwest was sparsely populated, and predominantly with aboriginals who had scarcely more affinity with Mexicans than they did with Americans. The total population of Mexican criollos, mestizos and mission indians barely made it into five digits. (The population of Rochester, N.Y. was 14,000 at the time it was incorporated in 1833). To call that territory ‘Mexican’ is to give great weight to diplomatic fictions.

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