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Mexican-American War Manuscript
.25 linear feet (1 envelope)
This manuscript entitled A Review of the war between the United States and Mexico: in which the history, evils, causes, and character of it are considered was written by George Haskell in 1848.
Scope and Content Note
This manuscript entitled A Review of the war between the United States and Mexico: in which the history, evils, causes, and character of it are considered was written by George Haskell in 1848. It includes 224 pages, though it is numbered in 56 four page sections. This manuscript was submitted to George C. Beckwith, of the Boston Peace Society on November 8, 1848. The first page indicates that it was returned to the author in 1849.
The Mexican-American War resulted in a dispute over the boundaries of Texas and President Polk's belief of Manifest Destiny. It began April 1846 when United States troops stationed in Texas were fired upon by the Mexicans. Congress approved the Declaration of War on May 13th, but the country was divided over the conflict. Abolitionists viewed the aggression as an attempt to extend the country's slave state territory, and the Whig Party felt that it was unjust to use aggression to take land from a weaker country and rejected Manifest Destiny in general. The fighting ended in September of 1847, but the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was not finalized until March of 1848. The treaty expanded the border of Texas and gave the United States what is today California, large parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah as well as parts of Wyoming and Colorado. The United States paid Mexico $15 million and the assumption of Mexican debts to Americans.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Causes
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Moral and ethical aspects
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Mexican American War Manuscript, MM 3, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
The provenance of this material is unknown.
Collection processed and cataloged by Jennifer Hornsby, August 2013.