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Mexican-American War DBQ, Doc B-D review
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Doc B: What river did Texas and President Polk regard as the Texas-Mexico border?
The Del Norte (Rio Grande)
Doc B: Would Mexico have viewed as Mexican advance north of the Rio Grande an invasion of the US?
Mexico regarded the land north of the Rio Grande all the way to the Nueces to be Mexico. It was not an invasion. It was an act to support their claim.
Doc B: Where did the April 24 fight between Mexican and American soldiers occur?
On the north bank of the Rio in the disputed territory
Doc B: What was the response of Congress to Polk's war message?
Despite the Mexican-American skirmish occurring in disputed territory, President Polk won overwhelming support from both the Senate (40-2) and the House (174-14) for going to war.
Doc B: How does this document help answer the Mini-Q question: Was the US justified in going to war with Mexico?
Pro: Polk is making the case that Texas annexed itself to the US with the understanding that the Rio Grande was her southern border. The US is now bound to protect that southern Texas ground.
Anti: this document is an example of a strained argument, especially when we know that Mexico never accepted the Texas secession or annexation.
Doc C: Whose point of view is held by the author of the document?
Jesus Velasco-Marquez, a Mexican point of view
Doc C: How did the Mexican government feel about the annexation of Texas by the US?
The Mexican government did not like Texas annexation by the US government. Many Mexicans did not accept the fact of Texas separation from Mexico. Annexation by the US seemed like theft.
Doc C: According to the author, why did a Mexican force attack Zachary Taylor's troops when they arrived at the Rio Grande River?
The Mexicans regarded Zachary Taylor's presence along the Rio Grande to be an invasion of Mexican Territory. As El Tiempo said, the Americans were like a bandit. They had to be stopped.
Doc C: How does this document help answer the question: Was the US justified in going to war with Mexico?
If one agrees with this viewpoint, then Polk's argument in Document B looks rather empty and calculating. Polk was not fighting to protect Americans on American soil, he was provoking the Mexican government into firing the first shot.
What were the years of the Mexican American War?
What were the 3 causes of the US Mexican War?
Manifest Destiny, Border Dispute, Annexation of TX to the US.
What was major reason the war was fought?
To obtain California from Mexico.
Belief which American felt that God had ordained for us to spread. Sea to shinny sea
Doc D:After achieving independence from Spain in 1821, did Mexico make slavery legal or illegal?
Slavery was declared illegal in Mexico (which included the province of Texas).
Doc D:Sumner mentions a "disgraceful robbery." Who robbed what from whom?
The US was robbing Mexico of its northern province of Texas
Doc D:Did Charles Sumner have the support of the people of Massachusetts? Provide evidence and explain your thinking.
Yes. We learn in the document source line that the Massachusetts state legislature passed Sumner's Objections to the Mexican War. Since we know that the legislature was popularly elected, we can infer that Sumner had the support of the majority of white males in Massachusetts.
Doc D:How does his document help answer the question: Was the US justified in going to war with Mexico?
The document provides two reasons for not going to war with Mexico: 1) it would result in the expansion of slave territory in the US; 2) It was robbery to take another country's land
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