The US President Polk's The Mexican-American War

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Rachna Shah “The Mexican-American War and its Justifications” Throughout American history, the United States has been involved in various foreign conflicts: some defensive responses, others justifiable, and others means to an end. In the early 1800s, Mexico emerged as a republic after breaking away from Spanish control. The newly formed nation was plagued with the constant conflict between puro federalists and centralists, extremists of the political spectrum. Meanwhile, the U.S. President Polk’s choleric nature was exposed through his actions, due to of lack of compromise among Mexican politicians. He was incited by the desire of territorial acquisition on the behalf of the Americans, and in response, declared war upon Mexico. The causes of Mexican-American War were not justified to cause a conflict of belligerent nature. Thus, the war can be rightly described as a land grab as the United States’ actions demonstrates the usage of power in terms of exploitation and desecration. The Mexican-American War, allegedly a war for land control, was driven by the artificial philosophy of manifest destiny, the leading principle of American cultural superiority, used to excuse…show more content…
Mexican victory in the Border War, lead to more clearly defined, permanent borders between Mexican and American territory in the Border states. The social implications the two conflicts shared were such that they both took place during a time of cultural upheaval, wherein the population was mainly divided between two political parties. Similar to the Mexican-American War, but to that of a greater extent, the Border War was directly involved in the Mexican Revolution whereas the Mexican-American War is linked to the American Civil War. However, the Border War was condonable under the justifications of capturing revolutionaries for the common

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