The Mexican War: How the United States Gained Its Western Lands

 
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Introduces the Mexican War, also called the Mexican-American War, its causes, course of events, and aftermath.

Table of Contents

  • A Growing Nation
  • The Outbreak of War
  • How the War Was Fought
  • Results of the War
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Further Information
  • Index

Details

Specifications

Leveling

  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 5
  • Guided Reading Level: V
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.9
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 67981
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects

Reviews

A Review of "A Proud Heritage: The Hispanic Library" in Booklist

Part of the eight-volume series A Proud Heritage: The Hispanic Library, these two volumes introduce subjects of some controversy, the building of the California missions by Father Junipero Serra and the causes and effects of the Mexican War. Both these compact books offer primarily straightforward recitation of the facts. At first it appears Bowler isn’t going to mention the Native Americans’ point of view, but she does, on one page, explaining that most of the history comes from the missionaries’ perspective and outlining the drastic changes that the Indians endured and the many deaths that ensued. In Mexican War, Cantor offers the U.S. justification; discusses how the war was fought; introduces the pertinent characters, such as Santa Anna; and presents an evenhanded view of both sides of the argument. Both books have black-and-white and color photographs, a time line, a glossary, and a list of books and Web sites.

A Review of "A Proud Heritage: The Hispanic Library" in Library Media Connection

Latinos in the present United States have a rich history. The Hispanic Library covers aspects of that history well for younger readers. From Father Serra and the missions in California, to Christina Aguilera, the series informs readers on the contributions of Latinos to the history of the United States. It presents information in an honest manner, which includes how people like Father Serra were controversial in the history of the New World. Each volume includes sidebars with additional information, a glossary, timeline, and index. As the Latino population in the United States continues to grow, students will have the need for additional information on this important group in America.

A Review of "A Proud Heritage: The Hispanic Library" in MultiCultural Review

The eight volumes in this series for students in the middle elementary grades cover the Hispanic experience from a wide variety of perspectives. One general volume, America’s Latinos, gives a broad overview of Spanish exploration and settlement in the New World, followed by a description of the major countries of origin of Hispanics in the United States, a chapter on Hispanic culture, and brief portraits of 13 notable Hispanic Americans today. Other entries take on much more specific topics. One notable feature about the subjects chosen is that they do not all fit neatly into what one might call ‘A Proud Heritage’ (though a few, such as the labor leader Cesar Chavez, do). The biographical volumes include one on Coronado, whose remarkable explorations are described along with his self-admitted failures in the search for gold and his cruelty to native Americans. The book on Fox, the Mexican president, tells a necessarily incomplete story, as well as one on a figure not directly part of the Hispanic experience in the United States. The volumes on the Mexican War (which, as the author says, was a war the United States started) and the Alamo describe historical episodes with questionable actions and motivations as well as heroism from all sides involved. The books tell their stories with clear text at a fifth-grade reading level, a number of color photos and illustrations, and several sidebars on related topics. Each entry includes a time line, a brief glossary of words bolded in the text, a list of books and web sites for further reading, a short list of works consulted by the author, and an index. The books in this series each do a good job of providing students with an understanding of their chosen subjects, though the range of subjects show just how little of the Hispanic heritage can be covered in just eight books.

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