New new book on the growth of the United States show that manifest destiny was a messy process. In Jacksonland, Steve Inskeep tells how Cherokee leader John Ross tried to secure a place for his people within the growing by working with Andrew Jackson. However, pressing claims of Anglo settlers resulted in the removal of the Cherokee people from the region. In Revolt at Taos, James Crutchfield brings to life a uprising which took place during the Mexican American War. Mexican residents, suddenly finding themselves under US rule, joined forces with native Americans and attempted ti take control of the town. The response of the Anglo homesteaders and soldiers was quick and fierce. Crutchfield balances the demands and expectations of new settlers against the displeasure of those under new rule.