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Teaching With Documents: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (National Archives)

Teaching With Documents: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (National Archives) – http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/guadalupe-hidalgo

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Who were the Mexican officials who negotiated the treaty?
  • Why did the US President attempt to recall his chief negotiator?
  • What part of the treaty did the Senate ditch upon ratification?


An article outlining how the treaty ending the Mexican War was negotiated and its major provisions. Links to photographs of the treaty and some boundary markers. In addition to being useful in stories referencing the treaty, this article may be of help in dreaming up similar situations or treaties in stories about the future.

Mexican War Bookshelf (Center of Military History)

Mexican War Bookshelf (Center of Military History) – http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/mw.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How many Mexican soldiers were at the battle of Palo Alto?
  • Who had the larger army at the beginning of the war?
  • Why were Mexican soldiers allowed to keep their firearms after their surrender at Monterrey?


Listing of books and journal articles relating to the Mexican War. All of the items in the “published materials” section are available in full text. The “archival materials” section links to several draft bibliographies in the following areas:

  • General
  • Causes
  • Taylor’s Campaign
  • Scott’s Campaign
  • Western Operations
  • Mexican Army

Marines in the Mexican War

Marines in the Mexican War. Gabrielle M. Neufeld Santelli. Charles R. Smith, editor. Occasional Paper. 1991. 59 pp.

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/24394190)
(Online: https://archive.org/details/MarinesInTheMexicanWar)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • When, how and why did US Marines invade Los Angeles?
  • Where can I learn about the invasion of Mexico?
  • Was there a time when Congress did not reflexively support a war?


From the introduction to this 66 page paper:

This occasional paper is intended to be a summary of Marine Corps operations in the War with Mexico. The battles and landings and not treated in a strict chronological order. Instead the war has been divided into three parts: the conquest of California, operations in Lower California and off the western coast of Mexico, and the invasion of Mexico.

A Guide to the Mexican War (Library of Congress)

A Guide to the Mexican War (Library of Congress) – http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/mexicanwar/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What questions did then Representative Lincoln have about the official story of the start of the Mexican War?
  • When was Mexico City seized?
  • Where can I find a map of Mexico City showing the attack?


From the website:

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the Mexican War (1846-1848), including manuscripts, maps, broadsides, pictures, sheet music, books, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the Mexican War that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the Mexican War and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.

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