This section covers American expansion west from 1835 through the Mexican-American War of 1846. In the first part of the story, Texas gains independence from Mexico. In the second part, Texas and the other territories are acquired by the United States in a variety of ways. It’s a relatively brief period but will have a great deal of influence on the coming of the Civil War. Outline and Johnson also consider the birth of the Antebellum era North-South conflict.
Read the Outline carefully; from Johnson and Zinn get only the answers to the questions below.
Outline: “Texas and Mexico.” (pages 134-135)
Johnson: Part 3 “Polk and the Mexican War” (textbook: halfway down 371 to 380)
Zinn: Chapter 8 “We Take Nothing…”
1. Compare and contrast the three books’ view of the Texan Revolution: why do they think it happened, if they mention it at all?
2. Compare and contrast the three books’ views of the war with Mexico: why do they think it happened?