The Hispanic American Dream - Research Article from Literary Themes: The American Dream

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The Hispanic American Dream

America Dreams of Mexico

Jeff Shaara's historical novel Gone for Soldiers (2000) creates a portrait of soldiers and commanders who fought in the Mexican-American War, but it focuses mainly on white Americans such as General Winfield Scott and Lieutenant Robert E. Lee. Shaara accurately asserts that this war is greatly overshadowed in the American consciousness by the Civil War, which followed less than fifteen years later, but the Mexican-American War played a crucial role in expanding American cultural heritage while at the same time creating a rift between white Americans and Hispanics both in and out of the United States.

Although Shaara centers his novel on a handful of American military commanders who fought in the war (and later in the Civil War), he provides glimpses of the Mexican perspective on the conflict. In one instance, a Mexican reporter asks Scott whether or...

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