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U.S. History

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If you are doing a keyword search in a library catalog and want to find primary sources, try using terms like "sources," "diaries," or "correspondence." For example you could type in: "American Revolution" and "sources."


You can also search by author if it is a notable individual like George Washington. Under author, type in Washington, George.


You can also search for what is called a corporate author, which means the author is an organization, not an individual. For instance, if you want to find documents produced by the Parliament in the UK you could look for the author Great Britain. Parliament

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Possible Topics for the War with Mexico

The Oregon and California Question

CUNY + Subject Headings to try:

United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1849

Oregon -- History

United States -- Foreign relations -- 1845-1849

United States -- Territorial expansion -- History -- 19th century

Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1844

California -- History -- 1846-1850

California -- Politics and government -- 1846-1850

United States -- Territorial expansion -- Sources

 

James K. Polk, John Slidell, and Mexico

CUNY + Subject Headings to try:

Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849

United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1849

United States -- Foreign relations -- 1845-1849

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Political aspects -- United States

Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States

United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico

United States. President (1845-1849 : Polk)

Slidell, John, 1793?-1871

Slavery and Manifest Destiny

CUNY + Subject Headings to try:

Manifest Destiny

United States -- Territorial expansion -- History -- 19th century

Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845

Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850

Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century

Slavery -- United States -- Extension to the territories

States’ rights (American politics) -- History -- 19th century

Exceptionalism -- United States -- History

Political messianism -- United States

Narcissism -- Political aspects -- United States

Manifest Destiny -- Sources

 

 

Whigs and Northern Resistance to the War and Slavery

CUNY + Subject Headings to try:

Clay, Henry, 1777-1852

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Political aspects -- United States

Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848

Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864

Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Literature and the war

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Journalists

Wilmot Proviso

CUNY + Subject Headings to try:

Wilmot proviso

Sectionalism (United States)

Wilmot, David, 1814-1868

Slavery -- United States -- Extension to the territories
 

 

The War with Mexico

CUNY + Subject Headings to try:

Mexican War, 1846-1848

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Biography

Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850

Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866

Chapultepec, Battle of, Mexico City, Mexico, 1847

Montgomery, Cora, 1807-1878

Women revolutionaries -- Texas

Telegraph -- United States -- History -- 19th century

War casualties -- United States

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Participation, Mormon

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Regimental histories

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Campaigns

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

CUNY+ Subject Headings to Try:

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Influence

Trist, Nicholas Philip, 1800-1874

Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Peace

Mexico. Treaties, etc. United States, 1848 Feb. 2