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Manifest Destiny & Mexican-American War

Manifest Destiny & Mexican-American War

Manifest Destiny & Mexican-American War Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?

The Dark Horse's Inaugural

You can read James K. Polk's inaugural address from 4 March 1845, available through the Avalon Project at Yale University.

Annexation Attempt

The failed Treaty for Annexing Texas, submitted to the Senate on 22 April 1844 and subsequently rejected on 8 June by a vote of sixteen "ayes" to 35 "noes."

Successful Admission

The Congressional Joint Resolution admitting Texas into the United States, 29 December 1846.

Requesting Recognition of War

President Polk's 11 May 1846 message to a joint session of Congress on the state of relations between the United States and Mexico.

The Father of Civil Disobedience

You can read Henry David Thoreau's justification for his refusal to pay his taxes and his desire not "to be associated with Massachusetts, either in holding slaves or in conquering Mexico," in the online version of his work, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Half of Mexico Becomes American Territory

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo from 2 February 1848 is available online.

The First American Occupation of a Foreign Capital

Army military historians have chronicled the dramatic events surrounding the American occupation of Mexico City, with some valuable maps and contextualization of the situation in Mexico when hostilities began.

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