Was the United States Justified in Going to War with Mexico? Document A



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Was the United States Justified in Going to War with Mexico?

Document A
1. How does John O’Sullivan feel about the United States annexing Texas?
2. In your own words, what does O’Sullivan mean when he says it is “our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence”?
3. After Texas, What is the next likely candidate for American annexation?

4. What does O’Sullivan have to say about Mexico's ability to govern?


5. What do you suppose O’Sullivan means by “the Anglo-Saxon foot”?


6. How can this document be used to justify America’s going to war with Mexico?


7. How can this document be used to argue against America going to war with Mexico?



Document B
1. What river did Texas and President Polk regard as the Texas-Mexico border?
2. Would Mexico have viewed as Mexican advance north of the Rio Grande an invasion of the US?
3. Where did the April 24 fight between Mexican and American soldiers occur?

4. What was the response of Congress to Polk’s war message?


5. How does this document help answer the Mini-Q question: Was the US justified in going to war with Mexico?



Document C
1. Whose point of view is held by the author of the document?

2. How did the Mexican government feel about the annexation of Texas by the US?

3. According to the author, why did a Mexican force attack Zachary Taylor’s troops when they arrived at the Rio Grande River?

4. How does this document help answer the question: Was the US justified in going to war with Mexico?



Document D
1. After achieving independence from Spain in 1821, did Mexico make slavery legal or illegal?

2. Sumner mentions a “disgraceful robbery.” Who robbed what from whom?


3. Did Charles Sumner have the support of the people of Massachusetts? Provide evidence and explain your thinking.




4. How does his document help answer the question: Was the US justified in going to war with Mexico?


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