• Summary
  • Contents

Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 33. Punitive Expedition Against Pancho Villa (1916–1917)
Chapter 33. Punitive expedition against Pancho Villa (1916–1917)
At Issue

The Mexican revolutionary and social bandit Pancho Villa, presumably seeking to enhance his political power in Mexico by challenging the United States, raided the southern New Mexico town of Columbus. President Woodrow Wilson responded by launching a military offensive to capture or kill Villa and his men.

The Conflict

The 1913 assassination of Mexican president Francisco Madero created a power vacuum, ...

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