Patriots, Prostitutes, and Spies: Women and the Mexican-American War (Hardcover)

Patriots, Prostitutes, and Spies: Women and the Mexican-American War By John M. Belohlavek Cover Image
$58.50
Ships from Warehouse, Usually in 1-8 Days

Description


In Patriots, Prostitutes, and Spies, John M. Belohlavek tells the story of women on both sides of the Mexican-American War (1846-48) as they were propelled by the bloody conflict to adopt new roles and expand traditional ones.

American women "back home" functioned as anti-war activists, pro-war supporters, and pioneering female journalists. Others moved west and established their own reputations for courage and determination in dusty border towns or bordellos.

Women formed a critical component of the popular culture of the period, as trendy theatrical and musical performances drew audiences eager to witness tales of derring-do, while contemporary novels, in tales resplendent with heroism and the promise of love fulfilled, painted a romanticized picture of encounters between Yankee soldiers and fair Mexican senoritas.

Belohlavek juxtaposes these romantic dreams with the reality in Mexico, which included sexual assault, women soldaderas marching with men to provide critical supportive services, and the challenges and courage of working women off the battlefield. In all, Belohlavek shows the critical roles played by women, real and imagined, on both sides of this controversial war of American imperial expansion.

About the Author


John M. Belohlavek, Professor of History at the University of South Florida, is the author of numerous books, including Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780813939902
ISBN-10: 0813939909
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: July 5th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
Front facade of University Press Books

From 1974, University Press Books has stoked the blaze of well over ten thousand minds on fire, carrying new scholarship published by the great university presses in the English-speaking world.

For more than 45 years, UPB operated out of the west half of 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. We presently operate on line and stock a sales wall within the Musical Offering, same street address, east half.

Order from us. Shop us. Let well-wrought words churn and burn within.