mexican war

With the acquisition of Texas, border disputes became a major issue between the U.S. and Mexico—disputes that ultimately led to war. In this assignment, you will research and explain the causes of the Mexican-American War of 1846–1848 from the perspective of a senator who supported the war or one who opposed it. In addition, you will analyze the senator’s views on slavery, the Mexican-American War, and Manifest Destiny. You will also present your own view and support it with appropriate scholarly references.
For this LASA, complete the following: •Research and explain at least two causes of the Mexican-American War of 1848. •Assume either the position of Kentucky Senator Henry Clay, who opposed the war, or President Polk, who supported the war. •Based on the role you assume, complete any one of the following options: ◦Research and analyze Senator Clay’s opposition to the war from the perspective of slavery and imperialism against Mexico. Address the following in your analysis: ◾An explanation on his views about slavery, the Mexican-American War, and Manifest Destiny ◾An analysis and an explanation of his views and his impact on the national debate over slavery and aggression against Mexico
OR ◦Research and analyze President James Polk’s support of the war from the perspective of slavery and aggression against Mexico. Address the following in your analysis: ◾An explanation of his views on slavery, the Mexican-American War, and Manifest Destiny ◾An explanation of his success in implementing the war and the results of the war on slavery and foreign policy
•Explain your perspective, either endorsing or opposing the Mexican-American War of 1848, in the form of a speech to an audience of supporters.
Be sure to support your statements with scholarly references.
Write your speech in approximately 800 words in Word format. In addition, develop a 7–10-slide presentation in PowerPoint format to accompany your speech. Include a separate cover page and reference page. The presentation must graphically or pictorially illustrate your position in a clear, persuasive manner. You also have the option of including your voice and image within your PowerPoint presentation.

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