This week you learned about the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). In the primary source Against the Mexican WarPreview the document, Thomas Corwin, an American Senator, ominously foreshadows how the U.S. war against Mexico would result in a Civil War in the United States.

In this assignment, please respond to the bolded points below by 6 PM on Monday, May 18. Click the “Submit Assignment” button above to type in your response.

  • Identify Corwin’s intended audience. Why do you think Corwin addresses this particular audience?
  • Corwin states that there will be an immediate consequence for the United States if it continues its war against Mexico. What does Corwin say is the immediate consequence?
  • Corwin states that the immediate consequence of the Mexican war will produce an “internal commotion” in the United States. Summarize what this “internal commotion” is and how it will bring the United States into a “collision point.”
Who is the intended audience?
What does Corwin think of the United States appropriating Mexican land?
What is the “topic” connected to Mexican land?
What is the view of the non-slaveholding states?
What is the view of the southern slaveholding states?


According to Corwin, what would the end result be if the United States acquires Mexican territory?
According to Corwin, how did the war between the United States and Mexico commence?