Mexican-American War and U.S. Southern Borderlands
What we refer to today as the U.S.-Mexico border was created as the result of a war fought with our neighbor to the south. This case study assumes students have studied or are studying the Mexican-American War, including the motives, effects, and contemporary relevance of that important conflict. The goal of the case study is for students to focus on the creation of our Southern border and to connect with the experiences of people who were living in the borderland region before, during, and after the Mexican-American War. This case study is paced to take two fifty to fifty-five-minute class sessions.