Why did America engage in the Mexican-American war? A history video explains the new country's desire to expand to the west coast—and, after Mexico's 1848 surrender, how it doubled in size overnight.
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- Show at the beginning of a unit on the Mexican-American War
- Have learners watch the video independently, then discuss key points with a partner or small group before sharing with the class
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- Informative but brief enough to be a good lesson supplement
- Explains the conflict in context of Manifest Destiny and westward movement in America