The Mexican-American War

632 Words3 Pages

Since its establishment and even in the present, the United States’, specifically (and it is not secret), white population has been a fraction of society drenched with a feeling of superiority over its foreign or unfamiliar counterparts. Situations such as the first British citizens that sailed to the colonies insisting that the Native Americans’ way of life was “wrong” and “savage-like” or the literal proclamation that Africans were inferior to the white man served as justification for the allowance of the U.S. to be able to did what it had done and been doing for years. The Mexican-American war was no different as once again Americans (whom at this time only referred to white men essentially) demonstrated their entitlement to take what they felt was not being put to good use. …show more content…

For them, the Mexican war would provide them with a chance to further push their agenda which was to have more slave states be entered into the union. At this time, the South showed great fear of being under-represented in the House of Representatives and if it continued their institution of slavery would be put into jeopardy. Therefore by more slave states being added to the union, the South would be able to have more power in the government and they wouldn’t have anything to worry about. However, a majority of the nation knew the South were crazy to say the least, so they had to find some way to justify their enthusiasm to enter the war and gain potential pro-slave land and they found it in the idea of Manifest Destiny. The South believed in the land in the Texas-Mexico territory was unclaimed and more importantly with a government anyway, so why should they not be able to just take it over in the name of

Open Document