This war happened mainly because the U.S. wanted to expand to the Pacific Ocean to fulfill their Manifest Destiny, trying to take away Mexico’s land. Mexico refused to to give land to the U.S. The big question is whether the U.S. was justified in fighting Mexico in the Mexican-American War. The United States was justified in going to war with Mexico because Manifest Destiny, too much Mexican interference, and Texas was invaded. One reason the Mexican War was justified was Manifest Destiny. In Document A, John O’Sullivan writes: “Texas is now ours...Let their reception into the “family be frank, kindly, and cheerful….”
Jesús Velasco-Márquez, a modern-day Mexican professor of studies wrote an article in 2006 about the Mexican-American War. He said, “US historians refer to this event as ‘The Mexican-American War’, while in Mexico, we prefer to use the term ‘The U.S. Invasion... From Mexico’s point of view, the annexation of Texas to the United States was inadmissible for both legal and security reasons. ’’’ (Velasco-Márquez, 12). During the time of the independence of Texas, Mexico was ruled by the dictator General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
Enrique’s Journey is a real life story based on a son and his mother having to be seperated from one another due to the migration of the mother to the United State. Enrique’s mother Lourdes left Enrique in their hometown of Honduras at the age of 5, Enrique was devastated he could not handle the pain of being without his mother. After being separated from each other for 11 years Enrique was confident and gained all the strength inorder for him to reunite with his mother whether he has to make the dangerous odyssey of crossing through the border. Family abandonment leads to unimaginable repercussions. Lourdes reason behind leaving her family was to provide a better future for her children.
O’Sullivan was an American columnist whom was known for his use of the term, “manifest destiny,” which promoted the annexation of Texas to the United States. He argues that the adverse attitude toward Texas’ independence from Mexico needs to end. In this article, O’Sullivan also expands on the importance of the growth of the country throughout the continent. It further acknowledges the freedom of Texas as not a rebellion, but by abandonment from Mexico. John O’Sullivan sees the future of America expanding into California and Mexico becoming a country without a real government.
Border Crossing Children - I selected this source because this is an experience Enrique had barely avoided during his journey. Also not only does it apply to central America, this is an interesting topic were the Article doesn’t just go over rules people don’t follow.
Those in charge of this republic, President Sam Houston, Secretary of State Stephen F. Austin, Chief Justice James Collinsworth, and others claimed control of the current state of Texas and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. For the next nine years, until 1845 when the United States annexed Texas, plantation capitalists from the southern U.S. streamed into Texas territories. In that period, the total hostage population rose by 557.53%, and by 1845, enterprises with 1 to 4 hostage laborers rose by 340.33% and businesses with more than 50 rose by 750.00%. Mexicans who formerly were legal citizens born in Mexico were at this time unofficially demoted to second class status and subjected to deportation, land thefts, harassment and lynching. While Texicans gathered in their profits, the multitude of land feuds among Anglos and Tejanos illustrated that this war for independence was clearly fought for capitalistic hegemony rather than Enlightenment ideals, although they used patriotic stories like that of the Alamo and Davy Crocket to elevate the revolt to a moral struggle and a war for
Was it right for the American’s to take Mexico’s land? Through John O’ Sullivan 's idea of Manifest Destiny, American’s set up a fair system of government for all Mexicano 's. John O’ Sullivan 's idea of Manifest Destiny helps U.S. establish a fair system of government in the case of the Mexicano 's through annexing Texas, winning the war against Mexico, and making the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo. The Americans used John O’ Sullivan 's idea of manifest destiny through annexing Texas and setting up a fair system of government for the Texans. In 1836 Texas rebelled against Mexico because they no longer wanted to be a part of Mexico. The Texans were very happy to not be apart of Mexico.
Since the late 1800s and, especially since the US signed the NAFTA and GATT, whose purpose is to reduce trade tariffs and therefore simplify the trade between U.S. and other countries, the contracted migration from Mexico to the US increased and converted slowly into undocumented migration born from necessity. Concluding, the topic of undocumented migration to the US splits the opinions and concerns large numbers of authors. Reyna Grande and Luis Alberto Urrea, both authors with a migrant background, discuss the subject of unauthorized immigration in their works. Grande 's Across a Hundred Mountains tells the stories of Juana Garcia, a twelve-year-old girl, who is searching for her father and Adelina Vasquez, a young prostitute, who returns to her family after running away with a man. Juana and her family lose her younger sister and daughter due to a terrible accident, therefore Juana 's father Miguel finds himself forced to borrow money from the richest man in the village.
In chapter two of the book Enrique’s Journey, Enrique has made a total of seven attempts trying to cross the borders. In the first attempt, la migra caught Enrique and his friend, Jose del Carmen Bustamante, while they were riding the train from Honduras and to Veracruz in Central Mexico. They got sent back to Guatemala on El Bus de Lagrimas, the Bus of Tears. In the second attempt, Enrique traveled alone and got caught by the police. They, once again, put him on the bus and sent him back to Guatemala.
Originally, the state of Texas was once part of the Spanish government after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. They took the lone star state with them, but not for long. Just over fifteen years later in 1836, Texas was born, and for nine years it stayed a country of its own until it agreed to join the U.S. in 1845. Throughout time, people from all over the world moved to Texas. The first settler, Moses Austin, a native of Connecticut, left his unsuccessful business in Missouri and moved to Texas, but died after filing a formal settlement with the then Mexican government
Junot Diaz and his immigrant family came to America from the Dominican Republic. Traditionally, families send money back home to help fill the void of absence and distance. But they didn’t have much money to send and to help support their own household. Diaz’s father worked odd jobs, he always got fired from, and his mother was a stay home mom. Any little money their mother could get her hands on, she put it away, and every six months, she sent it to her parents.
Jose’s mother wanted abetter future for Jose so she sent him to America with his grandfather, Lolo. “Lolo scraped together enough money - I eventually learned it was 4,500, a huge sum for him - to pay him to smuggle me here under a fake name and fake passports. (Vargas, 14) Even though Jose and his family did not have much money they still managed to get Jose to America so he can have a better life.
The book I am reading is Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. I predict that the author will explore the human rights issue of Immigration Laws and the plight of illegal aliens in the United States. I believe that this issue will be important in the story because Enrique the main character in the story is very driven to find his mother who has gone herself illegally to the United States to earn money to provide an education for her children and to better the life of her family. I made this prediction because Lourdes leaves her children in Honduras as she goes to make money in the United States and her son Enrique is left saying “Donde esta mi mami?” “Where is my mom?”
The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) started due to a group of people disappointed with the way Mexican President, Porfirio Díaz, was ruling (Beezly), but would later evolve into a civil war. In 1910, the Mexican people overthrew the corrupt and sclerotic dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, who had ruled the country for decades (Kennicott). With the revolt against the government many social changes began to occur. Women had a role in started to have a level of importance in society, which was very uncommon for the time. (Macias). Additionally, people started to paint murals to illustrate this time of disagreement (Kennicott). However, the art would be interpreted in a way that was unintended, and it would lead to negative emotions for the people.
The next day I went to the kitchen to eat my breakfast possibly for the last time. When I finished I went to my room to get all the supplies I need including,food,water and things to use as shelter. All of these things would help me make it through my journey across La Linea. Questioning myself on what I needed to complete this journey, I realised that I had no money while I was gathering my supplies. How was I going to make it across the border with no money that isn 't possible.