Artifact and Analysis

The Nation Expanding
Essay Questions 4

Mexican War Lithograph

  1. Do you find a message in the picture?

  2. Evaluate Walt Whitman’s idea that America’s role in the Mexican War increased “human happiness and liberty.”

  3. How does Henry David Thoreau challenge Whitman’s view of the conflict?

  4. Was the war "one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation?"