The U.S. Mexican War
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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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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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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.
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!