Amy Greenberg

Amy Greenberg is a historian of Antebellum America (1800-1860) with particular interests in domestic politics, gender, and the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world in the decades before the Civil War. She has published five books, including a narrative history of the U.S.-Mexican War (A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico), an investigation into the role that the ideology of manifest destiny played in both foreign affairs and American society at home (Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire), and a study the relationship between gender, culture, and urbanization (Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City). In 2021 she served as President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

California Dreaming

Nov. 16, 2021

As Americans moved into California, the U.S. government wanted to provide them with an official representative. But the government also wanted California for the United States.