President Polk’s Message Analysis Essay Assignment Project
On May 11, 1846, President James K. Polk sent a message to Congress in which he said another country had “shed American blood upon the American soil.” For this activity, answer these 3 questions:
What was the other country?
2. What was President Polk seeking from Congress?
3. What is significant about the line “shed American blood upon the American soil.” What was President Polk saying with that line?
Your original post should be at least 150 words with most of it dedicated to the third question. You should then respond to a peer with a post of at least 50 words.
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1.) He was referring to Mexico, as Mexico had invaded U.S territory.
2.) President Polk wanted to let Congress know that he wanted to declare war on Mexico.
3.) When looking into it, it was really about Mexico invading US soil and then killing the troops. I think it’s a bigger disgrace for a President to have his own soldiers die on their own soil. When troops go out to war, dying on foreign soil is different from dying on your own soil. I think this was where they drew the line of deciding whether or not to declare war on Mexico. As it also did seem like an excuse to use against them and actually declare the war, I feel like it’s the duty of a president to make such decisions when an event like this has occurred. Hence, this line was significant in the declaration of war and understanding how impactful Mexico’s actions were on Polk at that point.
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