Nationalism and Hemispheric
||Ohio senator Thomas
Corwin. A former governor and congressman, Corwin delivered one of
the most stunning speeches in the history of the Senate, when, in 1847, he
said that he desired a Mexican victory in the Mexican-American War. The
Mexican cause, he argued, was the just one in the conflict.
|Today's class will focus on the Mexican-American
War. You can begin by going through this time
line, to get a sense both of the key events of the conflict and the
other main events of the time. The packet reading, an excerpt from
Thomas Hietala's book, emphasizes the importance of political and
ideological disputes in understanding the American response to the
conflict. After class, the lecture
notes will be posted.
Hietala, Manifest Design, sourcebook pages
37-78. Here are some reading
We have three short documents for today. Begin with the O'Sullivan.
CAUCUS QUESTION for
next time: The historian Reginald Horsman has argued that race played the key
role in understanding the US decision to expand into Mexico. Hietala, obviously,
disagrees. What is your opinion: how important is the fundamental racism of
pre-Civil War American society in explaining the origins of the Mexican-American
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