At War with Mexico by Bruce Cutler
A Fictional Mosaic (Literature of the American West)

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"Employing fictional dispatches, articles, and letters, Bruce Cutler's extended poem At War with Mexico re-creates the transformation of America during the Mexican War. It portrays the years 1846-1848 as filled with hope, ambition, piety, incomprehension, and greed. When blind devotion to manifest destiny dovetailed with nineteenth-century arrogance, a national persona was born. Attitudes about the hierarchy of races jelled - under the approving eye of America's most respected scientists. Because the success of national events seemed divinely ordained, the white populace viewed itself as "chosen" in a new world age. For African Americans and American Indians, however, the future was bleak." "Cutler at once evokes and criticizes the dominant ideologies of the Mexican War period. An innovative work of literary history, At War with Mexico offers new insight into this volatile era."--BOOK JACKET.

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Bruce Cutler, former Adele M. Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities & founding Director of the Creative Writing Programs at Wichita State University, is the author of numerous works of prose & poetry, including "The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices", published by the University of Oklahoma Press. He resides in Santa Cruz, California.
Published April 15, 2001 by University of Oklahoma Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Aiming somewhere between Michael Ondaatje's well-known, book-length poem The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and the great modernist poems that include history—such as Williams's Patterson—poet and historian Cutler (The Massacre at Sand Creek) describes this book's 78 selections as composed of ...

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