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How the Understanding of U.S. History Changes

Friday, December 12th, 2014

See how the mystic chords of memory have changed Americans’ perspectives on the Mexican-American War

In 1849, there was just no question. Mexico started this. So in 1849, the argument is we have to go in and defend Texas from being reconquered by Mexicans.

In a textbook from 1880, it’s an inevitable conflict between the races. What happens in your next textbook from 1911?

In 1966, it’s the first time you start to really see the historians – or the people who are putting the textbooks together – are going to start to question how this war started. And you also start getting the names of certain individuals who at that time actually questioned the war. And probably the most significant one is going to be a young congressman from Illinois by the name of Abraham Lincoln.

Old Mexico lives on

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, plus parts of several other states, was handed over to gringolandia. The rebellious state of Tejas, which had declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, was recognised as American soil too. But a century and a half later, communities have proved more durable than borders.

This American Life: Little War on the Prairie

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after.

A Mexican Perspective of the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Mexican Perspective of the US Invasion

Mexican Perspective on the War Reading Questions

Lectures on Manifest Destiny & The Mexican American War

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Lazar Lecture – An Age of Expansionism

Lecture: Manifest Destiny

Lecture: The Age of Expansionism 1830-1860 (Power Point)