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                    Description: Mexican War 3
Sampler

Mexican War
       
                  sampler  2-11   (11-30 lecture)

What are the roles of Texas and slavery in the South which underlie the Mexican War of 1836?

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Independent nation of Texas.  How does territory which is northern Mexico become the independent nation of Texas controlled by Southern slaveholders after a war with Mexico in 1836? 
 

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Annexation controversy.  What is the controversy behind the Annexation Issue of Texas in 1845?
 

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Mexican War provoked.  How does President Polk provoke the Mexican War over the boundary between Texas and Mexico?
 

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What the war was about.  The Mexican War is an ugly, dirty war whose outcome was never in doubt and America is victorious in 1848.  America gains the entire Southwest including California, revealing what the war ultimately was all about.   Mexico loses 1/3 of its territory.
 

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Echo in the Civil War.  The surprising extent of some American notions of expansionism in the mid-1800s, and also the implications for the Civil War not far in the future.