Friday, June 22, 2012

Website Spotlight: U.S.-Mexican War


Website URL: http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/index_noflash.html

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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On the war itself, I ask the students to work through the following links:

James K. Polk and the Mexican War
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/jp_jp_and_the_mexican_war.html

Stephen F. Austin
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/biographies/stephen_austin.html

Sam Houston
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/biographies/sam_houston.html

Captain John C. Fremont
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/biographies/john_fremont.html

Colonel Stephen W. Kearny
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/biographies/stephen_kearny.html

General General Antonio López de Santa Anna
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/biographies/antonio_lopez_de_santa_anna.html

The American Army
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/war/american_army.html

Army Life: U.S. Army
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/war/army_life_us.html

Army Life: Mexican Army
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/war/army_life_mexican.html

Newspapers: U.S. Press
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/war/us_press.html

War Correspondents
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/war/war_correspondents.html

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/war/wars_end_guadalupe.html

Was the U.S.-Mexican War Necessary?
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/aftermath/was_the_war_necessary.html

Crucible for Greatness
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/aftermath/crucible_for_greatness.html

Many Truths Constitute the Past
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/aftermath/many_truths.html

On Manifest Destiny, I use the following:

Introduction
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/md_introduction.html

The Power of an Idea
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/md_power_of_an_idea.html

An Ideal or a Justification?
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/md_an_ideal_or_a_justification.html

An Early Agenda of Expansion
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/md_an_early_agenda.html

Manifest Destiny - Sam W. Haynes
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/md_manifest_destiny.html

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Expansion

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT 

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