A Wicked War

Amy S. Greenberg
Historian Amy S. Greenberg discusses her book about the controversial war that divided the nation even as it gave the U.S. control of the vast Southwest.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
6:30 pm
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Amy Greenberg’s appearance at the Kansas City Public Library was initially scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, 2013 but had to be postponed to Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Long viewed as unjust and mercenary, the Mexican-American War allowed the U.S. to seize control of vast expanses of the Southwest, paved the way for the Civil War, and led to the political rise of Abraham Lincoln.

Historian Amy S. Greenberg discusses her book A Wicked War and its cast of colorful characters: James K. Polk, the dour president committed to territorial expansion; Henry Clay, the aging statesman with one last great speech up his sleeve; and Lincoln’s archrival John Hardin, to name just a few.

Greenberg is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Penn State University.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Museum and the Latino Writers Collective.