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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 7:51 p.m. PST

… Going to War

"Over the course of three lessons the students will analyze two primary source documents that represent two different points of view on the Mexican-American War. The first document is a speech delivered by then President James K. Polk justifying America's war with Mexico and asking the United States Congress for a declaration of war. The second document is a speech by Congressman Joshua Giddings during the debate in the House of Representatives that questions the President's motives for and handling of the coming conflict. Students will closely read and analyze these speeches with the purpose of not only understanding the literal meaning but also inferring the more subtle contexts within these documents. Students will use textual evidence to draw their conclusions and present arguments as directed in each lesson culminating in a mock debate oral presentation…"

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