US Justified or Not Justified War, bloodshed, trespassing, death, all this was caused by the US going to war for no reason. During this time, many interesting things happened. In 1848 the first baseball diamond was laid out in New York. Another interesting fact was that Mexico was a Catholic country, while America was a mostly Protestant country. This caused a lot of anger among the two countries.
Chaos: The Protestant Reformation was the 16th-century religious, political, intellectual and cultural Europe, setting in place the structures and beliefs that would disruption that separated Catholic define the continent in the modern and central Europe, like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry Vill challenged papal authority and questioned the Church 's ability to define Christian practice. They argued for a religious and political redistribution of power into the hands of Bible- and pamphlet-reading pastors and princes. The disruption triggered wars, persecutions and the so-called Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church 's delayed but forceful response to the Protestants. The main chaos that caused reformation were religious,
The Mexicans were Catholic and anti-slavery while the Americans were Protestant and pro-slavery. In 1848, the two countries went to war. Also, America wanted the territory, but so did Mexico, so they fought about that. The United States was justified in going to war with Mexico because of Manifest Destiny, the fact that the Mexicans shot first, and their commitment to an economic road map. First and foremost, the war was justified because America was trying to realize its belief in Manifest Destiny: “The fulfillment of our manifest destiny is to overspread the continent allotted by Providence [God] for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions” (Document A).
After the battle of the Alamo, Texas had declared their independence. However, America and Mexico were at debate on whether or not Texas had actually become an independent country. Mexico denied Texas’s independence and still thought they were a part of Mexico. As a result, Mexicans had protected the border, which was believed to be between the Nueces River. Yet America believed their boundary was between the Rio Grande River.
What makes this choice equally difficult is having to choose whether to go against their parents wishes or against their own. In the book Bless Me, Ultima, Antonio (the protagonist) is face with the fact that God’s power failed to heal his uncle, yet, Ultimas power’s were able to. He also encounters another god that he is actually able to see with his own two eyes which, ultimately confuses Antonio even more. He states “Why had the power of God failed to cure my uncle?
Antonio is subject to constant expectations by both of his parents of whose legacies they want him to follow. His mother wants him to be a priest, following in the footsteps of his mother’s Catholic family. Meanwhile, his father wants Antonio to be a true Márez, a vaquero, not to be a priest. The way his parents view his life and how it will affect their family are also telling to their perspective of life, and show how Antonio’s perceptions of the world are warped by his parents’
While all of this is happening with the church Mexico ends up gaining its independence from Spain in 1822 which made the push for secularization of the missions even stronger. In 1834 the government of Mexico granted secularization of the churches but unfortunately this did not end well for the Indians. Soon after the land was turned over to the Native Americans, many ended up losing their land to speculators, fraud, and thieves; eventually priests take over most of the missions again. In 1850 California joins the union as a free state which leads to priests taking over Mission Santa Clara again in
Jefferson also said how it was wrong to require a public official to be of a certain religion, much like how the Baptists were afraid the John F. Kennedy would gain presidency then hand over the power to the catholic church, Jefferson also said that a man brought to power specifically for religious reasons tend to be “corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage,” the official becomes very bias to that church that he is representing. The man elected to office by religion can then suddenly start judging others and deciding things that are right with the church he is representing, not the U.S. constitution or any other laws that could contradict the rules from his church. Jefferson closes the article by stating how his state, the state of Virginia, will not compel or require any citizen to attend, worship, support, or minister any church or religion that that specific citizen did not choose to do so.
Puritans were the group of people who disagreed with the church of England’s teachings and sought to reform it. King Henry VIII only added fuel to their fire. People left England seeking religious tolerance. Puritans strongly opposed King Charles I and his decisions as ruler. Those English colonists who were not Puritans came to the New World in search of economic opportunity.
was not justified into going into war with Mexico was that the Annexation of Texas was unofficial. “From Mexico’s point of view, the annexation of Texas was inadmissable for both legal and security reasons.” (Marquez 327). This quote shows that Mexico viewed this annexation as an unofficial and unfair act against the government and citizens of Mexico. Polk’s act of extending borders to California was also seen as unfair because that land belonged to Mexico.
Americans just came into Texas breaking laws and now deciding to take it for themselves. Americans should not be the people invading and attacking Mexico but they would be the victims of law. Mexico should not be the people getting invaded. Americans abused Mexico 's
Basil Catholic Church was once an example of exclusion of minorities and was a church that was focused on the old ways of Catholicism. o We see evidence of adhering to old tradition and not modern catholic thought in the way that in its early days, the church was focused on creating a more ornate church than a church focused on the people. o In Carey’s Catholics in America, it is pointed out that prior to Vatican II, the Catholic Church in the United States was a much divided church with many opinions on race relations and interfaith relations. (89-92) • In 1969-1970, St. Basils Catholic Church was on object of protest by Cesar Chavez’s Chicano movement.
Another reason the Mexican American War was justified was because Mexico could not govern Texas. John L. O’Sullivan said, “...Imbecile and distracted, Mexico nerve can exert any real government authority over such a country” (O’Sullivan 323) John is saying that Mexico can 't even exert an actual governing not even on it’s own people. He also says, “California will probably fall away from Mexico”(O’Sullivan 323) This shows that they can 't even take care of their own country and will probably keep losing land to the US. It was time for the annexation of Texas and welcome them into the “family” and be kind and cheerful to them.(O’Sullivan 323)
A thought-provoking source that John H.M Laslett used in researching for his book Shameful Victory is George J. Sanchez’s 1993 book Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945. His this book, Sanchez places a platform about Mexican American identity that stretches before World War II. The main argument is that Chicano history does little to explore the development of cultural adaptation. And he seeks to render that. Even through hardship and discrimination, the Mexican American identity evolved.