An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War by Frederick Zeh

By Frederick Zeh

quickly after emigrating from Germany to the USA, Frederick Zeh unexpectedly joined the military as battle with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican struggle through a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the ordinary military used to be made of immigrant recruits.

even though Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he was once good trained and an astute observer, and his tale is either full of life and good written. in addition to the horror of battles, he describes family among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and day by day existence. he's surprisingly candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.

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

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Blackstone wrote that members of Commons were not required to consult with or take the advice of their constituents upon any particular point, unless they believed it was prudent to do so. ”25 With this statement, Brackenridge not only set forth the expectation that representatives listen to their constituents, but he also implied that citizens could not be passive members of their polities. It was up to them to voice their opinions to their elected officials.

Moreover, to suggest origin in conquest was to admit that the United States was, and would always be, under Britain’s control and that only Britain’s monarch could bestow upon them the right to use the common law. S. status as an independent nation had been determined through a successful revolution, American legists viewed such conquest theories as another way for the English to assert their cultural and political superiority over their former colonies. To maintain their cultural independence, Americans felt compelled to persist in disputing this theory long after the Revolution.

Once they became America’s Common Law | 17 an independent confederation of republics, the former colonies had to redefine common law to fit new republican parameters. To complicate matters further, the different manner and pace in which each colonial polity evolved meant that each new state’s jurisprudence was to some degree distinctive and peculiar to its jurisdictions. This situation lent itself to innumerable variations in the ways legal scholars in the country’s regions presented the common law and its American modifications to their students and readers.

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