The Mexican-American War

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The Mexican-American War A Question of Righteousness Prologue On May 9th, 1846 President James K. Polk delivered a war message to Congress, stating that “Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory, and shed American blood upon the American soil.” Four days later, Congress declared war against Mexico, and across the nation large shows of support for the action followed. So began the Mexican-American War that resulted in acquiring of lands …

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…thought of Mexican territories as future American possessions. Examples of expansionist thought show through in the actions of our government leading up to the war. The war was waged on a weak, defenseless people who were at a clear disadvantage to the United States in economy, population, and military power. In short, The Mexican-American war was a premeditated act of aggression on the part of the U.S. government, perpetrated upon a weak, defenseless people.