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Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (Religion in America) Hardcover – April 2, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0199948673 ISBN-10: 0199948674 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Religion in America
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199948674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199948673
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John C. Pinheiro provides an elegant and concise overview of the growth of American anti-Catholicism in the 1830s and 1840s ...The most compelling consideration yet of the power of anti-Catholic discourse on the U.S. side of the conflict."--Journal of American History

"John C. Pinheiro has opened the door to a fresh, but convincing, understanding of the events and ideological milieu that led to the Mexican War. " --First Things

"For those interested in the interplay of politics and religion within the context of American history, Pinheiro's book sets a new standard for sophistication of analysis. His point is not to engage in reviving and refighting sectarian battles but rather to bring to light and contextualize religion's influence, for better and worse, upon the formation of American political culture. The fact that he writes in an accessible way, but without over-simplifying matters, means that the audience for this book goes far beyond the academy. For anyone interested in the religious history of the United States and the way this has impacted America's relations with its neighbors, this book would be a welcome addition to their library."--Religion and Liberty

"Pinheiro demonstrates persuasively how anti-Catholicism informed arguments both for and against the Mexican-American War, and how its rhetoric and logic permeated Protestant and Catholic Americans experiences of the War, from policy-makers to foot soldiers." --Religion in American History

"Pinheiro effectively incorporates religion into the American worldview during the Mexican American war. Oftentimes, historians fail to acknowledge the the central importance of religion in shaping United States history, but Pinheiro successfully gives his readers a more holistic understanding." --Daily History

"In a time when so much political attention is focused on questions of religious liberty, the brutal honesty of Missionaries [of Republicanism] is a breath of fresh air." --Ethika Politika

"Focusing on the widespread anti-Catholicism that shaped much of American culture in the 1840s, Pinheiro has written an unusual, provocative, and important analysis of the nation's creed and how it was shaped by the unfolding war with Mexico. This book is a groundbreaking achievement." --Joel H. Silbey, author of Party Over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848

"For too long, American religious historians avoided war. We wrote about origins and outcomes, but rarely the conflicts themselves. This has changed recently, and John Pinheiro so elevates the discussion with Missionaries of Republicanism that the field may never be the same. With elegant prose and clear arguments, Pinheiro shows how anti-Catholicism became the unifying thread that tied together white American Protestants in their approaches to and experiences of the Mexican-American War. Even more, Pinheiro uncovers how anti-Catholic republican Protestantism became the primary way Americans understood the West and the nation writ large. This is a book for all students of American religions and American wars." --Edward J. Blum, author of Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898

"In this much-needed history, John Pinheiro vividly illuminates the interplay between race, religion, and politics during the Mexican War. Missionaries of Republicanism is essential reading for understanding the mindset of antebellum America." --Thomas S. Kidd, Professor of History, Baylor University

"Missionaries of Republicanism is well written and extensively researched. It stands as a fresh and provocative interpretation of the religious dimension of the Mexican-American war and the formation of a national identity that depended significantly upon a cultural anti-Catholicism. Students and scholars of American history should find this study stimulating and an important contribution to our understanding of how religion contributed to historical events and functioned as an interpretive lens of those events." --The University Bookman

About the Author

John C. Pinheiro is Associate Professor of History at Aquinas College in Michigan and Consulting Editor for the Polk presidency at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. His publications include Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations during the Mexican War and numerous articles in academic journals and books. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife, Cassandra, and daughter, Lucia.

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In Missionaries of Republicanism, Professor Pinheiro persuasively argued that nativist sentiment was a significant motivating force that led the United States to declare war on Mexico. The book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of 19th century nativism and to the Mexican American War.

The Texas Catholic Historical Society bestowed its 2015 Foik Award for Best Book on the History of the Catholic Southwest on this book, which it well deserved.
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Dr. John C. Pinheiro, Professor of History and Director of Catholic Studies, Aquinas College, Michigan.

Dr. Pinheiro is an historian of the antebellum United States. His newest book is Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (Oxford University Press, 2014). He also is author of Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations during the Mexican War (Praeger, 2007) and co-editor of volume 12 of the Presidential Series of the Papers of George Washington. His publications include articles in academic journals on George Washington and on the early American republic. Consulting Editor for the presidency of James K. Polk for the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs' "American President" reference resource, Dr. Pinheiro has also written for the History News Service and lectured for the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. He has appeared on National Public Radio and CSPAN.

Dr. Pinheiro is available for speaking engagements on George Washington, liberty/order/virtue in the early republic, anti-Catholicism in antebellum America, and the history surrounding the Mexican War.

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