Skip to comments.The Mexican-American War Friday 9/29/06 at 7:00pm central time(A History Channel Doc)
Posted on 09/29/2006 5:05:24 PM PDT by pulaskibush
The History Channel is showing a documentary hosted by Oscar dela Hoya Friday 9/29/06 at 7:00pm central time. It looks like a propoganda piece for Mexico. A description of the show from the History Channel's website is below.
At a time when immigration reform continues to be one of the most heated topics in political and business circles, this 2-hour special reexamines the controversial war that resulted in the United States taking control of what was nearly half of Mexico's territory. Featuring lavish reenactments, and interviews with both Mexican and American historians to ensure accuracy from both nations' points of view, we convey the story of President James K. Polk's desire to expand US territory to the Pacific Ocean. Hosted by boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, we also travel to Mexico City to visit the historic Castillo de Chapultepec, where the climactic battle of the war took place, and the Palacio Nacional, the home of Mexico's government.
I saw a promo for it last night, featuring a "quote" from Ulysses S. Grant calling it "one of the most unjust wars in history." Sounds like a propaganda piece to me.
We should've taken all of it and then sent the survivors down to South America. ....and then not let a soul up north of the Isthmus of Panama.
"Military history on TV" ping
In December 1845, President Jose Herrera told his state governors that Texas had no value because not enough Mexicans could be persuaded to move there to hold it. The same could have been said about California and the southwest.
There was a plot to install a Spanish nobleman as monarch to restore order, and a military coup overthrew Herrera before an agreement could be reached on a land sale. A war for the borderlands then began, followed shortly by another coup that brought Santa Anna back to power. This represented a swing to the right in Mexican politics, motivated by the desire to resist American demands. There was wild talk about not only retaking Texas, but also marching on New Orleans and sending fleets of privateers against U.S. trade.
Last night in a piece on the Knights Templar, they were compared to modern terrorists because of their lack of fear of death. T.H.C. used to be one of my favorites but it's fading fast. I'll pass on this one.
It is fake!
No mention of Santa Anna's acts of war against his own people or the Mexicans who fought for the United States.
Found this too.
Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the twenty-fifth state on June 15, 1836. Almost ten years later, on May 27, 1846, Governor Thomas Drew issued a proclamation calling for volunteers to fight in the Mexican War. All of the Arkansans who fought in the war were volunteers; militia raised from the civilian population, and, as such, were precursors to the National Guard as we know it today. When the companies of the various counties came together there were twenty-two companies of cavalry and seven of infantry. From these, ten companies of cavalry were selected for service in the Arkansas Regiment of Mounted Volunteers - a regiment that consisted of Arkansans from every conceivable social strata. Archibald Yell, a former governor, and at the time a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, gave up his seat and enlisted as a private, later to be elected to the position of colonel. He met his end in true heroic fashion while leading a desperate charge into Mexican lancers. Another famous and highly controversial Arkansan, Albert Pike, also joined the war effort. A prominent Little Rock lawyer and commander of the "Little Rock Guards", Pike offered his company to the governor as cavalry willing to serve in Mexico.
And there was brief mention of the war the Mexicans we fighting with Indians living in now New Mexico and Arizona.
That said, I watched as much of the program as I could and it was definitely spin city. No mention of the Texas War of Independence, and you can't understand the Mexican War if you don't understand that. No mention of Santa Ana's tyranny and bad judgment. Their photography made the Nueces look like the Mississippi and the Rio Grande an irrigation ditch - to support the Mexican border claim. They made it sound like the U.S. used overwhelming force against poor little Mexico, which was not true and diminished the genuine heroism of many.
I'm a History Channel fan and was really disappointed.