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             The Mexican War had a very important war for the United States of America, because not only was it the

first war to be fought on foreign soil since the nation had gained its independence, but I was also considered the first

"media" war. The war received some objections because of the slavery issue, but as a whole gained a great deal of

enthusiasm from Americans. Women also played a role in the war, as the war provided the nation with the first female

colonel of the Army.

                  The Mexican War was widely popular in the United States. This can be seen when observing the

enlistment records. In fact the war was fought almost by volunteers alone. The army grew rapidly from 6,000 men to

over 115,000. (http://www.lnstar.com/mall/texasinfo/mexicow.htm). This excitement for the war came from not only

the fact that it was American’s first foreign war, but the involvement of the media was well. "The frenzy of excitement

was aroused by newspapers and newly formed technology of lithography.

"(http://www.history.vt.edu/MxAmWar/Teams/Stinchcomb.pdf). The newspaper provided propaganda that helped to

raise the sprits of Americans.

               During the time of the Mexican War, women were beginning to push for more rights. The Sennecca Falls

Convention would occur a few years after the start of the war. Therefore women’s role in the war was very important

towards their drives. Two women were enlisted in the Calvary, Sarah Borginis ( who became the first woman colonel)

and Mrs. Foley. While these women helped the cause by joining along with the husbands on the battlefield, many

women volunteered their nursing skills during the war. (http://www.post448.org/women.html)

                   While the Mexican War may have stirred some conflict because of the issue of slavery, for the most part

it was widely popular back home in America. Being the first foreign and "media" war, it was a whole new world for

our nation, and showed how the country was developing into what would one day become a world power. Women

also played an important role in the war.

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