The Mexican-American War or the U.S. Invasion

Questions in the Historical Profession

The Mexican-American War or the U.S. Invasion?


Prompt:In the United States, historians refer to the United States 19thcentury conflict with Mexico as the Mexican-American War. In Mexico, some refer to this conflict as the “U.S. Invasion” or the “War of the United States against Mexico.” In many ways, the labels employed in conflicts are much more than just words, rather the terms we use to refer to conflicts conjure up “fields of power” which play a role in shaping historical opinions and interpretations of an event or conflict.

In a response that is at least 250 words and is based off your reading and/or own independent research respond to this question:

·     What should the conflict between Mexico and the United States be called?