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U.S. Mexican War

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
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  • U.S. Mexican War. Part 01-Neighbors and Strangers.

    The U.S. Mexican War (1846-1848) tells the exciting and dramatic story of a war that transformed a continent; a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory -- to the United States. This critically acclaimed documentary series presents an historical panorama filled with unforgettable characters grand ideas and all the passion of a conflict that changed the shape of nations. Part One gives viewers the background on the dispute, which centered around possession of the land that has since become the state of Texas. Archival accounts tell the story of President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's ill-fated attempt to hold on to the territory.

    Length: 00:54:39
  • U.S. Mexican War. Part 02-The Fate of Nations.

    The U.S. Mexican War (1846-1848) tells the exciting and dramatic story of a war that transformed a continent; a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory -- to the United States. This critically acclaimed documentary series presents an historical panorama filled with unforgettable characters grand ideas and all the passion of a conflict that changed the shape of nations. In 1846, U.S. and Mexican troops clash over a border dispute in Texas, and war explodes. President Polk orders the U.S. Army and Navy to conquer the Mexican territories of New Mexico and California. When Mexico refuses to surrender, Polk turns his attention to Mexico City.

    Length: 00:56:03
  • U.S. Mexican War. Part 03-The Hour of Sacrifice.

    The U.S. Mexican War (1846-1848) tells the exciting and dramatic story of a war that transformed a continent; a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory -- to the United States. This critically acclaimed documentary series presents an historical panorama filled with unforgettable characters grand ideas and all the passion of a conflict that changed the shape of nations. In this episode, President Polk makes plans for the decisive battle that turned the tide in favor of the forces to the North of the territory. The United States was prepared to attack the capital of Mexico if necessary to win the war. Meanwhile, former Mexican President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna returns from exile to unite Mexico against the U.S. invasion.

    Length: 00:54:37
  • U.S. Mexican War. Part 04-War for the Borderlands.

    The U.S. Mexican War (1846-1848) tells the exciting and dramatic story of a war that transformed a continent; a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory -- to the United States. This critically acclaimed documentary series presents an historical panorama filled with unforgettable characters grand ideas and all the passion of a conflict that changed the shape of nations. In this final episode, President Polk decides to open a second front against Mexico and strikes deep into Mexico's heartland. Follow the exploits of Colonel Stephen W. Kearny, who set out with his men on a long journey to wrest the Western territories from Mexico. Santa Anna is unable to turn back the invaders and a dramatic battle for Mexico City ends when the capital finally surrenders on September 14, 1847. A few months later, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ceding all of the states of the present American Southwest to the United States.

    Length: 00:56:39

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