Mexican-American War Essay

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Research Paper The Mexican War, 1846-1848 HIST 3310: The American Civil War Instructor Professor Stacy Cookenour September 21, 2013 The purpose of this paper is to trace and establish the political effects of the Mexican-American War, fought between the two countries from 1846 to 1848. Also called the US-Mexico War, it is known in the US as plainly the Mexican War. In Mexico, as the North American Invasion of Mexico, the United States War against Mexico, and the War of Northern Aggression. This paper summarizes the background, causes, the conduct, and political implications of the war to illustrate its importance to both countries. Support Arguments I. The Great Territorial Loss A. Resulting and lasting bitterness towards the US by Mexico B. Mexican President Santa Anna went into exile in Venezuela II. The Issue of Slavery A. The Northern and Southern States reflected their difference B. Increased sectionalism expanded slavery into the territories C. The Wilmot Proviso sought to prohibit slavery in new Mexican territories D. The Popular Sovereignty proposal to allow voters to decide on slavery within their territories. The Compromise of 1850 resulted. III. The Meaning of the Mexican War A. Conspiracy to acquire territories from which slave States B. President Ulysses Grant considered this War one of the most unjust The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) I. The Great Territorial Loss From the perspective of the United States, the Mexican-American War, together with the Louisiana Purchase, represented important land acquisitions as part of the country’s relentless expansion westward. In this regard, Kurth (1999) reports that, “There were grand achievements in this national project of continental expansion, especially the southwestern annexations, which were achieved through U.S.
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