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The U.S. Mexican War

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Public Broadcasting Service
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2009
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000XNZ7KM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,654 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This series explores the events surrounding the conflict between neighboring nations struggling for land, power and national identity. Despite its enormous impact, the war is a chapter in history that few Americans know a lot about but that few Mexicans will ever forget. For the first time, the story of this significant encounter is told from multiple perspectives, with prominent historians from both countries examining the conflict.

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By Gayle Gibson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20 2010
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Ulysses S. Grant thought the Mexican War was unjust, but went anyway. Robert E. Lee performed astonishing deeds of heroism and endurance, and many other military men who would go on to fight in the American Civil War learned their solidering in the Mexican campaign. But the influence of the Mexican-American War did not cease with the end of the Civil War. The effects upon people and issues continue to this day.
This fine four-episode set explores the causes of the war and examines the way it was fought, and the leaders - Polk and Santa Anna - whose personalities influenced the outcome as much as any battle. The series starts a little slowly as there are many characters,places and issues to introduce, but if the viewer can hang in, the episodes become increasingly clear and exciting. Both Mexican and American historians are on hand to describe and discuss the events and issues. Watching this series provides a new perspective on Mexican-American relations and the history that both divides and joins the neighbours.
An excellent set of films.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2a41e10) out of 5 stars 34 reviews
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa288ee34) out of 5 stars Very good visuals Jan. 24 2011
By Robert J. Scheppy - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not sure how they would present the story, given that they had no motion picture films. So, I must say the visuals were very good, mixing photograpy of actual land the battles were fought on, re-enactors in military uniform, and old paintings.

The history itself is very informative and even-handed. Both Mexican and American historians provide description of events. I would recommend reading books by General John Eisenhower, who is interviewed for the story, and Robert W. Merry to get some background.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26c9264) out of 5 stars Us-Mexican War May 29 2012
By History Buff - Published on Amazon.com
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I had seen this series many years ago on PBS when it first aired. My youngest son is a history nut and schools don't really cover the US-Mexico conflict in detail so I thought this would be a nice learning opportunity for my son and a refresher for me. This mini-series presents a very balanced view of the conflict and highlights that period of Mexican history that is almost unknown to most Americans. It is put together in similar fashion to PBS acclaimed Civil War series produced by Ken Burns utilizing narratives and personal stories to tell the story. Highly reccommended to all who love history and American military history particularly.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26cb384) out of 5 stars Good documentary of the U.S.-Mexican War Aug. 8 2013
By Joe Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mexican War of 1846-1848 is overall not well known here in the United States. When it is talked about it is usually described as the "training ground" for future Generals both North and South that fought in The Civil War less than 20 years later. This documentary does a good and thorough job about describe the circumstances that led the United States to declare war on their southern neighbor in 1846. The documentary does an interesting format of the background describing about how the War of Texas Independence put in motion the events that led to the Mexican War. The United States recoginizing an independent Texas, later adding Texas to the Union, the US wanting land that was Mexican territory, the antagonistic view of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. What makes this also a good video is commentaries by Mexican historians who describe the Mexican viewpoint of how unjust the circumstances were for Mexico before, during, and after the war. The documentary also gives great analysis of the beginning of the war, the invasion of Mexico, the U.S. winning the battles of Monterrey, Mazatlan, and leading up to victory by taking and capturing Mexico City.
This is a good video for any secondary/college history class that is studying the conflict between Texas and Mexico, and U.S. and Mexico. It is also a documentary that can be a good background to begin studying the U.S. Civil War.
The documentary also leads into the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ending the Mexican War and the treaties that helped the U.S. gain more land in Arizona and the Southwest U.S.
The only reason that I don't give it a 5 star review is that at times, the story of the war becomes dry and the commentators though essential can get boring to the average viewer.
However, this is truly a great documentary that I recommend for anyone interested in the "early years" of the United States, Southwest U.S. History, Mexican History, Texas History, and Military History as well. Recommended!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29e3bf4) out of 5 stars A most significant War Jan. 1 2013
By Bob Wolter - Published on Amazon.com
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At long last a most appreciated DVD explains this greatly significant war: how it started, the combatants strengths and weaknesses, and the role played by Mexico's Santa Ana. Long but never boring, complete account of the politicians and their goals, along with the battles in one of the largest battles fought on the American Continent at that time. The Peace Treaty and the significance in the forthcoming American Civil War is demonstrated. Watch this film and you cant help but understand why it is still a topic that angers today's Mexicans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28ab78c) out of 5 stars Last Word on the Mexican American War. Simply Outstanding May 16 2015
By James J. Varela - Published on Amazon.com
This Documentary is the last word on the Mexican - American War. Beautifully and historically accurate and fair and balanced.Many rare photographs, and correct in-depth production makes this the only documentary on this war you will ever need. Anyone wanting to learn the history of the American West I recommend this documentary and Ken Burn's superb documentary " The West " PBS is the best value taxpayers get and this documentary and others are proof.

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