Non-White People In The Mexican American War

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Between the years of 1846 to 1848, the first war started by America against another republic raged on. The Mexican-American war was mainly started by president James K. Polk, due to his belief in Manifest Destiny and his goal to fulfill it. But despite this war being “Mr. and Mrs. Polk 's war”, it reflected on the much of the population of America, specifically the way the country treated non-white people. Many injustices against non-white people occurred during this time period, slaves and the politics surrounding them were involved in the war, but a main group subject to the injustices were the Mexican citizens. In fact, many Americans considered Mexicans “but little removed above the negro”, as one Democratic newspaper put it. In Mexico, Native Mexicans were frequently mistreated or even murdered by men in the American Army, especially the volunteers. And throughout the American people in general, the feared “corruption” of America by Mexican Natives also had a large impact on determining the outcome of the war. Both of these were largely affected by the very common idea of Manifest Destiny. Overall, this war and the people of the United States reactions to it, shines light on the negative way non-white Mexicans were treated and thought of by many xenophobic Americans of the 1840s. To understand why the unjust treatment of Mexican people was so widespread in the United States, first the concept of Manifest Destiny must be understood. The Mexican-American War was
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