Core Curriculum Assignment:
President James K. Polk asked Congress for a Declaration of War against Mexico because, as he said, “American blood had been shed on American soil.” How would you evaluate the truthfulness of this claim? If you were a U.S. Representative, would accepting the truthfulness of that claim present any ethical dilemmas? (Hint: Representative Abraham Lincoln from Illinois might be a good starting point.) In analyzing the decision to go to war, pro and con, consider some of the arguments AGAINST going to war with Mexico. In so doing, you might want to address how the concept of Manifest Destiny, slavery, the need to pursue diplomacy, enter into the decision making process. You might even want to prepare the paper as if you were a representative in Congress, presenting an argument during the debate over going to war.
Your paper should be at least 4 full pages, NOT including the title page. Your title page should be on a separate page and should not be included in any way in your 4 page minimum. Use normal margins, double spacing and a 12 font type. Papers with too large font and too wide spacing will not be graded.