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Research about the Mexican-American War








Doing the research for this essay has been an interesting experience. All the history about the different wars that allow United States to get the Mexican lands is incredible. It´s was amazing all the tactics and circumstances that both countries had at that time. I love the fact that I was able to have of the all the history and facts very clear, so I could picture in my mind all the details.  Also all my sources were very easy to find because of the good tools and l information the Professor Stacy provided.

I am very excited about this paper and I am looking forward to see the final result.




Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


My Topic and Five Non-Web Secondary Sources


The topic that I choose to talk about is the Mexican-American war and how unfair-unjust was the position of United States when they took a big part of Mexico’s land at a time where Mexico was very unstable. I will persuade the reader that United States was taking advantage of a weaker nation to acquire that territory.

The non-web sources that I choose are:

A-   E Book: Short, Offhand, Killing Affair: Soldiers and Social Conflict during the Mexican-American War.

–       This book talks about the experience of the American soldiers during the war, describing some of the injustices committed on different battles. Also talks about how some of the soldiers did not agree with the killings in Mexican land. In addition it talks about how significant the territorial gains of the United States where and all the social and political divisions that these caused. At the time America adopted an aggressive expansion policy that often ignored many inferior countries.

B-   Article: Border Crossings in the Mexican American War.

–       The reason why I choose this book is because it explains how the Mexican-American War was developed, so it talks about why it happens and how, with all the different reasons that help in the war. It also mentions the Manifest Destiny and explains that is a paper that makes Americans believed they had a divine right to bring their culture among others, because they were superior.

C-   Article: The American Invasion of New Mexico and Mexican Merchants

–       This great article talks about the U.S. invasion of Mexico in the Mexican merchant’s of New Mexico point of view and how all of them supported Mexico during the war.

D-  E Book: Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race.

–       This book describes the U.S. colonization of the Northern Mexico and the creation of the Mexican Americans. Also it is a description of all the different circumstances at the time when the war started. In the other hand talks about how United Stated was concern regarding the people’s living in the land and what kind of rights they would have over their properties and if they were going to be obligated to move out of their own land.

E-   E Book:  Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansionism.

–       This book talks about how throughout history United States always works towards expanding territory as their number one priority. I choose this book because it gives an incredible detail of all process of acquisition of Mexican land. Also it talks about how United States always divided the land to his favor.

F-   Article: Mexico’s Vision of Manifest Destiny during the 1847 War.

These are all the sources that I have for now. After all of these reading I think that some of them are very good and other I am really not sure if I will use them at the end. I really like the topic that I choose for this essay and I hope I can find all the right information that make this essay a master piece.

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


Essay 2: Persuasive Writing

Well now is time to start a new essay. Reading all the requirements, I have to say that I am a little worry because I’m not from this country and I honestly don’t know a lot of American History. This means that I am going to have to do a big research and a lot of reading for this one. At the same time I am very excited about the idea of learning new information about this country because I am in the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen, so it is very important for me to learn as much as I can about my new country.  After reading all the material for this essay I feel a little overwhelm with all the little details of this project, but at least I know that I have a very detail guide of what I have to do.

After reading all the material for essay two, I learned that in persuasive writing it is very important to have a good introduction that supports the argument of my thesis statement.  Also that in order to develop a good argument I need to know a lot about my topic so I can use solid arguments that support my claims.

The research about my topic should be based on reliable and credible information and it should avoid logical fallacies like hasty generalization where the writer rushes to a conclusion before he has all the facts.

The topics that I am thinking of writing about are:

–          The Mexican American War.

–          Mexican Americans.

I have to be honest and say that I really don’t know anything about these topics, but I am hoping that I will find a lot of information about them. I really don’t know yet what can I persuade the reader about on these two topics, but I am thinking that I can say something from the Mexican point of view about them. I have a lot of Mexicans friends and I think I can get a few opinions.

I am expecting this essay to be great and I wish everybody good luck on this new challenge!

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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


Essay One Revision Process

Finally I had finish my essay! I am full of joy and peace about my writing and all the process.  I had to do a few adjustments in the introduction, the thesis statement  and in the conclusion of my essay.

This was the first time I had to write a biography and I think that it is a lot better then writing about a TV-show or a movie. All the process was very interesting and the person that I chose to write about was a great war hero.

I think that all the suggestion of my classmates, and information that professor Stacy provided was very useful and a important part of the success of the paper.

Now it comes the hardest part, the grading process and getting a good grade! I am confident that my paper will be a great success!


Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Uncategorized