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.

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