RCC Honors History Project

11.29.09 posts

Posted by sierralapoint on November 30, 2009

This is President James K Polk’s proclamation on the Mexican American war, May 13, 1846


On Saturday, May 23, 1846, a magazine called the Mobile Daily Advertiser ran an article about the Mexican War.


This is Abraham Lincoln’s resolutions and preamble on the mexican war, December 27, 1847, within a month of being elected to the House of Representatives.


This page gives you the full text of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo by article. On February 2, 1848 the Treaty was signed in Guadalupe Hidalgo, a city north of the capital where the Mexican government had fled as U.S. troops advanced. Its provisions called for Mexico to cede 55% of its territory (present-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Nevada and Utah) in exchange for fifteen million dollars in compensation for war-related damage to Mexican property.


This is the actual map used for negotiations of the treaty.

4 Responses to “11.29.09 posts”

  1. sethrd23 said

    I used James K. Polk’s address to Congress to explain the need to go to war with Mexico for my primary document. Polk really stressed the idea that the land where the American soldiers were killed by Mexican soldiers was “American land,” when that had not been so clearly established. It seemed like in order for the Congress to buy into what he was suggesting, they would need to be uneducated on the nature of the conflict between the U.S. and Mexico.

    • sierralapoint said

      Yeah, I used Lincoln’s “spot resolution” for my primary document. Lincoln, then a newly elected congressman, gave a speech in congress in which he demanded that the President explain exactly how the land was America’s to begin with, and not rightfully Mexico’s. He was very straightforward, blatantly implicating the American government for unnecessary, unjustifiable war.

      …to bad everyone was so caught up in the whole manifest destiny thing…

      • sethrd23 said

        Wow, that is pretty impressive on Mr. Lincoln’s part. I would really like to hear the President’s response to the Congressman’s demands. I imagine that the President would not have too much difficulty justifying the Mexican-American war in the Post-War environment, since he had so much newly gained land to back up his actions. I wonder if Lincoln was able to use his passion for truth and rights in his campaign for the presidency, or if some of that was overshadowed by politics.

  2. brttnyala said

    Doesn’t politics always trample the honest man until he becomes a politicians himself? Apparently though this was the majority view of his party which made me a little less impressed, but still impressed the same, this issue may have been addressed by fellows members of his party as they to disagreed with The Mexican American War, they felt it was unwarranted (which it wasn’t) but hey we’re in California now aren’t we?

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