An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War by Frederick Zeh

By Frederick Zeh

quickly after emigrating from Germany to the U.S., Frederick Zeh abruptly joined the military as struggle with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican conflict through a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the average military was once made from immigrant recruits.

even supposing Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he used to be good expert and an astute observer, and his tale is either vigorous and good written. along with the horror of battles, he describes relatives among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and daily lifestyles. he's surprisingly candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.

The editors' creation offers biographical details on Zeh and units the degree for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army carrier.

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Before the invention of modern forms of mechanical production, printing was a time-consuming and laborintensive process, and early America depended on the importation of costly materials such as type. It cost a great deal merely to print a book, and books were so expensive that most families would never own more than a few. For this reason printers were conservative in what they decided to publish: they could not afford to produce even one book that would not sell at least enough to cover the cost of printing.

The Prince ofParthia. After opening a new theater in Philadelphia in 1766, the company produced the first American play to be professionally performed in the colonies. The Prince ofParthia was a five-act tragedy first written in 1759 that was loosely based on an episode of classical history. Its author, Thomas Godfrey, borrowed from King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello as well as character types from the contemporary novel of seduction, sentimental drama, and revenge plays. While indulging a frenzy of rapes, suicides, insanity, sadism, and incest, the play's references to slave and tyrants echoed the Whig political thinking about despotism and ambition that surfaced in contemporary protests to the Stamp Act.

Satire. The best poetry of the Revolution is primarily satirical. John Trumbull, who graduated from Yale College in 1767 with two other members of the Connecticut Wits, Timothy Dwight and David Humphreys, published M'Fingal in 1776 and an expanded revision in 1782. In fifteen hundred couplets the poem describes a town meeting in which a Tory is tarred and feathered after coming into conflict with local Whigs. Trumbull managed to move beyond mere imitation of British satirists such as Samuel Butler and Charles Churchill, adapting native subject matter to an imported mock-epic genre of poetry.

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