Polk’s America | Dr. Jill Anderson

James K. Polk’s controversial invasion Mexico in 1846 resulted in the Mexican Cession. Massive swaths of Mexican territory including California, Arizona, New Mexico, and more were annexed with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. The American president justified the war as necessary for national defense, but as US troops pushed further into Mexico other justifications arose. Justifications based on prejudices and misconceptions.
Dr. Anderson’s presentation, “Mexico in Polk’s America: the Reality and the Fantasy,” will examine the culture of 19th century Mexico and the ways in which the American conception of the country varied from the reality.
Jill Anderson is a writer, researcher, and activist based in Mexico City. Upon the completion of her PhD from the University of Texas in Austin, she worked at the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City. As co-founder of Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA), Anderson continues to collaborate with bicultural young adults across Mexico. Author of Los Otros Dreamers (2014) with photographer Nin Solis, she has also published related articles in the US and Mexico.
*This is a free online event*
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/165443270275

Date

Aug 24 2021
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Time

7:00 pm

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