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Stepping Stone 4

1. What emotions do you see expressed in the lithograph War News from Mexico?

2. What differing views of Mexico and its government do you see presented in these documents?

3. According to the documents, what role did slavery play in the Mexican War?

4. Evaluate Walt Whitman’s idea that America’s role in the Mexican War increased “human happiness and liberty.”

5. How does Henry David Thoreau challenge Whitman’s view of the conflict?

6. Was the war “one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation”?