The Texan Ranger; or, the Maid of Matamoras, J. H. Ingraham, 1846

A Popular War

Pulp novels like this one by J. H. Ingraham instantly popularized the Mexican War and provided an exotic and romantic setting for stories of manly honor and adventure.

In spite of the rush to war and the people’s embrace of its heroes, Abraham Lincoln held a different opinion. Like many Whigs, he was critical of the legality of the war and the dubious precedent that it created. Lincoln’s opposition to the war was unpopular in Illinois.