Analysis: A Controversial War
One of the main jobs of historians is to interpret the past by reviewing primary documents, scholarly secondary sources, and then creating an analysis of this research. After listening to the appropriate course lectures and reviewing the assigned reading materials below, and evaluate the U.S. justification for war with Mexico. Consider these questions: What were the Democratic and Whig arguments during the debate about declaring war? Which of the parties made the strongest argument during the Congressional debates? Why did the United States ultimately enter the war with Mexico? Was the U.S. declaration of war justified?
Be specific and provide examples that help support your analysis. Make use of the evidence to engage one another in enriching discussion, create your own interpretations and to discuss original insights, but remember that your analysis must be supported by the provided source material (e.g., lectures, readings). Adhere to this quote from President John Adams: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Include parenthetical references to the lectures and provided sources in both your original post and your response posts