Essay Question: Using your knowledge of the time period and your sources compare and contrast three arguments for President’s Polk’s decision to go to war against Mexico with three arguments against his decision for war.
Background: In 1844 James K Polk ran for President on the platform that he would bring Texas (then an independent republic but wishing for annexation to the United States) into the Union. To do so, however, risked war with Mexico. Indeed, within one year of Polk’s inauguration he asked Congress for a declaration of war. The Mexican-American War was then and remains controversial despite the territories brought into the U.S. as a result of it.