Why does Professor Weber believe that the American people have "forgotten about this war with Mexico?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I assume that you are asking about Prof. David J. Weber who is a long-time scholar of the history of the Southwestern US and of Mexico.  If so, Weber offers three main reasons why Americans have forgotten this war.

  • It was fought in the West and outside the US.  Weber says we tend to focus on the East when we think of US history.
  • It was fought right before the Civil War.  The Civil War was so much bigger that it dwarfs other events that happened around it in time.
  • It does not reflect well on us.  This was a war that we fought with little or no justification other than the idea of Manifest Destiny.

I would argue that the last of these is the most important of the reasons.


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