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Mexican-American War

After listening to the podcast about the Mexican American War, I reviewed the primary source called, “Look Up on that Banner.” This primary source is a song that was written during the time of the war. The song is about a patriot mother, Mrs. Potter, who was writing to her son in the war. Parts of the song have extracts from a letter she wrote. Through the exchange, her son communicated to her the death of his brother. Therefore, she says “Come not to me! Go to Mexico – revenge your brother’s death and sustain your Country’s honor.” It was written by R. Horace Pratt in which it was dedicated to Lieut. Colonel Dixon S. Miles. Miles spent most of his life serving in the military and sought action in the Seminole Wars and the Mexican American war. In addition, Miles fought during the battle of Monterrey at the siege of Vera Cruz, which earned him lieutenant colonel. This could be one of the reasons why the song was dedicated to him. Because of this information, I think this primary source fits into the part of the war where navy troops get involved and invade costal cities around Vera Cruz. Although, I think it could also fit where Milton Palmer Braman laments over the destructions of the war.

In addition, I think the war connects to today by the on-going conflict that our country still has with Mexico about its borders. During the war, this was something they continued to fight about, it was always about more land. It was also about keeping Mexicans out of the country, which relates to the same issue of immigration in our country. Racism was also a part of the war, where people saw Mexicans as inferior due to their skin color and religion. This connects to the racisms of today where certain groups are still looked as inferior. For example, Black people are still judge because of the color of their skin or Jews are looked as inferior because of their religion. One part of the podcast that was surprising was that people were objected to the war on moral grounds. This was surprising because most people were for the war and would do anything to win.

American Battlefield Trust. “Dixon S. Miles,” May 18, 2017. https://www.battlefields.org/learn/biographies/dixon-s-miles.

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