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A Short History: The Mexican-American War

In this one-time class, we will explore how and why the Mexican-American War was fought and what it meant for both sides after the war was over.
Chris Allen, M.T.
37 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 2 learners
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55 minutes
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Students will come to understand how and why the Mexican-American War was fought, and how it was to shape the United States both before, during, and after the American Civil War.
I hold a bachelors in history and a masters in teaching secondary social studies from the University of South Carolina. On top of that I hold a teaching credential for teaching social studies in the state of California and have been in public education for four years.
Students will only need a word processing file or notebook if they would like to take notes on the content provided. Otherwise they need only come with an open mind, willing to learn.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
War will be a central theme of this class. No graphic imagery will be utilized. Slavery will be mentioned briefly, as some aims at colonizing Texas and other territories currently owned by Mexico, by some Americans was seeking to create new slave states. No graphic or detailed descriptions will take place on the topic.
1. America: A Narrative History 11th Edition by David Emory Shi (2019)
2. El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson (2019) - Specifically Chapter 9, which deals with the era of 1820-1848.
3. A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico by Amy S. Greenburg (2012)
4. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (2007)
5. Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction 3rd Edition by James M. McPherson (2001)
6. The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Martin Dugard (2008)
7. U.S. Mexican War 1846-1848 by PBS (2009)
8. The Mexican-American War by History (2008)
9. Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight (2020)
10. An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz (2018) Specifically chapters 2 & 3 that together deal with period between1820-1865.
11. An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2014) Specifically chapter 7 "Sea to Shining Sea" that encompasses the period of 1830s-1850s.
12. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant (1885)
13. Annual Report of the American Historical Association (1917) - Contains the Letters of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna 1846-1847 from the Mexican-American War


Chris Allen, M.T. Social Studies Teacher
37 total reviews
36 completed classes

About Me

Greetings, Outschool families!

I am an avid lover of history. I am always reading something to help me expand my knowledge, reading up on new information published by trusted historians, or listening to historical podcasts. As an educator, my job... 
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