Small Project #2: References

Source Discussion

  1. Book: A short, offhand, killing affair soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War
    • This book provides a perspective on how the Mexican-American War effected the US as the priciple of the nation was challenged. Author Paul Foos, who has a Ph.D in History from Yale, provides a primary view of the war through the soldiers views. The purpose of the book is to educate readers about the Mexican American war through firsthand accounts from soldiers. In the first few pages the tone is very neutral, using a lot of quotes and facts. The sources are very detailed and extensive, as there are 18 pages. I believe this source is reliable based on all four of the criteria.
  2. Webpage:
    • This webpage seems to just be a conglomeration of fact, which is positive in the tone, as there is no bias. The purpose is to educate anyone on the Mexican American War. However, there is no author and this can be sketchy especially paired with the fact that there are not external citations. I would not consider this website reliable but I could use it as a jumping off point to know what major events are in the war and finding better sources to deeply research.
  3. Article: “The Cross and the Compass: Manifest Destiny, Religious Aspects of the Mexican- American War “
    • This article is written by Sally Frahm who is described as an independent scholar who lives in Texas. I couldn’t find if she has any education or background in History or the Mexican-American War but the article is well researched and has many external citations and references so I wouldn’t worry about her education. The tone is a little aggressive as she’s talking about religion which gives it a slight bias against Christians. This article is meant to educate people about the Freemasons in the Mexican American War and their role with the Christians. I would consider this a reliabe source because of the many citations and the educational tone.


Foos, Paul. Short, Offhand, Killing Affair : Soldiers and Social Conflict During the Mexican-American War. The University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Frahm, Sally. “The Cross and the Compass: Manifest Destiny, Religious Aspects of the Mexican-American War.” The Journal of Popular Culture 35, no. 2 (2001): 83–99.

“The Mexican American War (1846-1848),” 2012.

Reading Blog 1


The American Revolution


Chapters, All. “5. The American Revolution | THE AMERICAN YAWP.” Accessed February 2, 2020.


  • Old Whigs and their Tory supporters
    • Authoritarian party who’s beliefs were based on conquering territory and extracting resources. They also sought to eliminate Britain’s growing national debt by raising taxes and cutting spending on the colonies.
  • The Virginia Resolves
    • Most famous Anti-Stamp Act resolutions that stated the colonists were entitled to “all the liberties, privileges, franchises, and immunities . . . possessed by the people of Great Britain.” 
  • Townshend Acts
    • These acts created new customs duties on common items, like lead, glass, paint, and tea, instead of direct taxes. They also added a new American Board of Customs Commissioners and more vice-admiralty courts to try smugglers to further enforce complience.


  1. Women were such an important part of the resistance against the many acts passed to strengthen complience. Did they understand the impact they had on the resistance and how were their lives after the war? Were they punished for resisting or being more active outside of the household?
  2. What kind of injuries were the most common on the battlefield and what was the main killer? It is most likely not a gunshot wound but it could be infection or amputation.

Other Resources

Sabourin, Victor M., Manan Shah, Frederick Yick, Chirag D. Gandhi, and Charles J. Prestigiacomo. “The War of Independence: A Surgical Algorithm for the Treatment of Head Injury in the Continental Army.” Journal of Neurosurgery 124, no. 1 (2016): 234–43.

HIST 390 Goals

My goals for this class include organizing, learning, and growing.

Firstly, as a very busy student, I want to be organized enough to do well in this class. I have just started to use a planner so I can keep myself in check. I want to organize my week to have a certain day to work on certain classes and their assignments. My first full week of classes was crazy so I’m hoping to be able to use organization to make this semester and class less hectic!

Next, I want to learn. I am a chemistry major who is in this class for my IT credit. I have never been a big history buff but I want to learn some interesting topics that can round out my education. I have also never been very good at technology, but I didn’t think that coding would be necessary for my major. I believe this class will teach me helpful technology usage and enough that it can put me a step up in the real world of jobs.

Finally, I want to grow. I want to grow in my abilities to manage assignments on topics that I don’t know practically anything about. I want to grow in my knowledge of how to make blogs and how to conduct humanities research. I hope to have a wonderful portfolio at the end of the semester to show my progress throughout my time in this class and to be able to say that I’ve grown!

So, here’s to a semester of organizing, learning, and growing!