Manifest Bigotry by James A. Altena

Review

Manifest Bigotry

Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War
by John C. Pinheiro
Oxford University Press, 2014
(252 pages, $45.00, hardcover)

reviewed by James A. Altena

The subtitle of John C. Pinheiro's Missionaries of Republicanism is slightly misleading. The book is not a "religious history" of the Mexican-American War, but rather a study of a religious-cultural dimension underlying one side of that conflict: the strong anti-Catholic attitudes and beliefs of the vast majority of white male Americans, the rationales this outlook created for both prop . . .