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ENRICH-0033 – Hist: Mexican-American War (ENRICH-0033_MEX)

The Forgotten War: The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848

The war between the United States and Mexico is today often forgotten, at best a footnote in the westward expansion of the United States. Yet, this war and its outcome are of fundamental importance to the nation’s history. As a result of the war, the United States gained much of its current territory, including the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah, as well as parts of Colorado and Wyoming; Mexico relinquished its claim to Texas. Military conquest required the U.S. to confront the issue of what to do with the native Mexicans who suddenly found themselves U.S. citizens after the war. The legacy of the war continues to affect us today as the nation grapples with questions of cultural diversity, immigration and trade. Led by Professor José Roberto Juárez of the Sturm College of Law, this course offers a historical context for the war. Begin with a historical overview of the Spanish and Mexican exploration and settlement of what is today the Southwestern United States. Then examine the causes of the war and the effect of the conduct of the war on both the U.S. and Mexico. Conclude with an examination of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war, and of the war’s continuing legacy in today’s political climate. Gain new insight into a war that is often forgotten north of the Mexican border.

Four sessions
Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2017
Location: Room 379, Sturm Hall, DU campus


José Roberto Juárez, Jr. is a professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he also previously served as dean. His research interests include the legal history of Mexican Americans in the United States.
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