After dealing with Mexico’s weak and tyrannical government, the Texians decided to write a declaration of independence and stated “The Mexican government has failed to establish any public system of education,”. The Mexicans had previously put demands that they must follow in order to buy the land, one being you must learn spanish but were never provided a way to learn spanish. Since they brought in a population that they couldn’t take care, they couldn’t provide them the tools to fulfill their demands so they were punished which is unfair. In the Warranted War with Mexico brochure, which is about Mexico’s past and the circumstances of the war, it essentially states that Mexico became a tyrannical nanny state so they enforced tyrannical laws on the Texians. If the laws were so important, why Mexico enforce the laws as soon the Texians moved into their newly purchased land.
The Annexation of Texas in 1844 was the climax of the Mexican-American War. In 1836, Mexico threatened war and President Martin Van Buren refrained from annexing Texas (Office of the Historian). It wasn’t until 1844 that President John Tyler negotiated with the Republic of Texas. The Treaty of Annexation was the tipping point, which caused Mexico to diplomat relations with the United States. However, Tyler fell short of collecting enough Senate votes to ratify the treaty.
Walter Nugent believes that the Mexican War was an exercise in American Imperialism, he suggest that America was imperialistic from its very beginnings. Norman Graebner disagrees with Nugent’s theory; he believes that President James Polk took it in his hands and demanded to purchase New Mexico and California from Mexico, however, when Mexico refused Polk, he had no choice but to force the territories which led to the Mexican War. The war has definitely impacted society today. There is a ton of bitterness because of this war, even today presidential candidates have suggested their political views in regards to Mexicans. I believe that the Mexican War was an exercise in American Imperialism because America has always focused on the country’s
Notwithstanding, many Chicanos stand up for their values and ideals to defend their own culture and spread it around the world; one example is Gloria Anzaldua. Anzaldua denies the comments of Paz and emphasizes that the Mexican culture is antique and useless. She affirms due to her rebelliousness, she was “the first in six generations to leave the valley.” p.2 a shocking declaration. In the modern world, most of the Mexican values have been dismissed and have reached a point where they are not longer apt to adapt to the new world. And although Anzaldua has a bias view against men, what is concerning is that culture permeates in many aspects of the daily life and therefore the Mexican culture is not longer functional in the modern world.
War is going on all the time and whether the causes are appropriate or not is debatable. Many times war is the last result, but for the US, in this case, armed conflict was the only option. On April 25th, 1846 a massive Mexican Army attacked Captain Seth Thornton and his US Army north of the Rio Grande. Many were overtaken by fear, of what was to come. War.
“Remember the Alamo!” “In this war, you understand, there are no prisoners.” General Santa Anna told this to his generals after the surrender of Bexar and Cos. Some of the factors leading up to the Battle of the Alamo were the different languages, religions, and different ways of thinking. Americans wanted Manifest Destiny, or the idea that they had a right to move west to Califorina, while Mexicans could barely stay united as a country. Americans took advantage of Mexico’s disabilty to stay together and claimed part of Texas, starting the idea of the Texan Revolution against Mexico. During the Texan Revolution, one of the most important battles was the Alamo or “El Alamo”, named after the cottonwood trees surrounding it.
Paul Ortiz writes, “The abolition of slavery in Mexico, timed to coincide with the anniversary of Mexican independence in 1829, was a shattering blow against the United States” (Ortiz, 2018, p.40). The Mexican agenda for international emancipation worried American politicians, as this agenda had no borders and no ties to nationalism. Mexico became a successful sanctuary for African American Slaves and an essential part of the underground railroad. However, serious conversations about the abolitionist movement did not start until after the Mexican-American War. Vikki Ruiz writes, “the U.S.-Mexican War as “the fire bell in the night” with the subsequent acquisition (not conquest) of new lands, a feat that would open up the incendiary issue of slavery in the territories” (Ruiz, 2006, p.660).
The United States of America has been through many wars, wars concerning many things such as land oil, pride and respect. However, when the United States went to war with Mexico, it was planned over greed. The Mexican- American war was a war provoked by the United States, in efforts to expand the coasts of the country. Mexico was a small underprivileged country who had previously to the war had already lost part of their country (Texas). Needless to say this war was cut throat and violent, it was however one of the smartest business decisions America has ever made.
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).
The United States of America failed in preventing the Communist takeover of Vietnam and had to reexamine its policy and initial involvement in the region. All around the world including UNO criticized the American involvement in the Vietnam War. Failure of US in this war was a big setback for the American hegemony. After that incident, USA never tried to use the forces in Southeast Asia. In case of North Korea also it is using diplomacy policy and trying to solve the issue with the help of dialogue because they are well aware that, military action may lead to Vietnam II.
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. Anglo-Saxons are already moving into California and building schools, buildings, and houses.
The United States war with Mexico was over 160 years ago and still continues to be a divisive and widely debated topic, was it justifiable or not? The first war to be fought mostly on foreign land, was the Mexican-American War that started in 1846. America, lead by President Polk, who believed the U.S had a “manifest destiny”, fought against Mexico who had a weak military and was politically divided. After the war ended in 1848, Mexico lost one-third of its territory which included present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Although the United States war against Mexico resulted in the gaining of America’s most valuable land, the war itself was unjust because their goal was to expand slavery, Texas was wrong from the beginning, and the war was based on false pretenses.
I believe that America was not justified with going to war with Mexico because of how Mexico did not accept the annexation of Texas, Mexico defending their land and US invading it, the last reasons is what Mexico did not accept slavery but Americans ignored this rule. The first reason why American were not justified in going to war with Mexico was the fact that Mexico did not accept the annexation of Texas. Americans decided that Texas was free to annex because of Santa Ana signing the treaty and losing the battles(Document B).However Mexico did not accept this and was in the mindset that their land was still their land (Document D). I feel that Mexico was justified in this sense because what Santa Anna did is like someone making a
The first reason why the United States were unsympathetic to the rights of Mexican laws was by breaking the laws. Texas is far away from the Mexico central government which was located in Mexico City. Since Texas far away they were monitored differently. The first law the American settlers broke was bringing slaves with them. In Mexico slavery was abolished in 1824.
In the Declaration of Rights and Grievances issued by the Stamp Act Congress, they claimed that Parliament lacked the power to tax the colonies because they had no representation. While the Stamp Act was repealed, the colonists were never given representation in Parliament. In the “Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms”, issued by the Second Continental Congress, this same issue was cited as a justification for fighting. “[The British declare] that parliament can ‘of right make laws to bind us in all cases whatsoever.’ What is to defend us against so enormous, so unlimited power?” (Document 5). After ten years of disagreement over Parliamentary representation, the British were still unwilling to grant the colonists this right.