Books- for scholarly materials about the US Mexican War and the border.

  • Greenberg, Amy S. A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 US Invasion of Mexico. Vintage Books, 2013.

  • Greenberg, Amy S. Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.

  • Horwitz, Tony Spying on the South:  An Odyssey Across the American Divide, Penguin Random House, 2019.
  • Johnson, Benjamin H., and Andrew R. Graybill, editors. Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories. Duke University Press, 2010.
  • Tennery, Thomas D. The Mexican War Diary of Thomas D. Tennery. Edited by D. E. Livingston-Little, University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.
  • Valerio-Jiménez, Omar, et al., editors. The Latina/o Midwest Reader. University of Illinois Press, 2017.

  • Wagenen, Michael Van. Remembering the Forgotten War: The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War. University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

Websites – Locations and websites mentioned and seen in the film:

  • The Illinois State Military Museum features attractions such as the Spanish-American War exhibit, the Civil War exhibit, the World War I and II exhibit, and a museum gift shop. It is located in Springfield, Illinois.

  • Lincoln’s Home, located in Springfield, Illinois, was the only home President Abraham Lincoln ever lived in. You can attend a free guided tour of the house or have yourself a self-guided tour around his historic neighborhood. The official website contains a virtual museum exhibit where you can experience the Lincoln home from the comfort of your own.

  • Remembering Lincoln is “a digital collection brought together by Ford’s Theatre for the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.” The students in the film contributed documents to this website.

  • The Alamo, a historic landmark located in San Antonio, Texas, was the site of the famous Battle of the Alamo where nearly 200 volunteer soldiers occupied an old Spanish mission to defend it from Mexican forces (led by General Santa Anna). Although the Texans were eventually defeated, their bravery–and subsequently the Alamo itself–became a symbol of Texas independence. It has since been restored and is now a famous site for tourists.

  • St. Mary’s Master of Public History program “trains new generations of historians in the presentation of inclusive, ethical and responsible representations of the past.” The students in the film were studying history at St. Mary’s.

Historic locations the students visited that didn’t make it into the film:

  • The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is where you go to learn all things Lincoln. Open from 9AM to 5PM daily, this Springfield  museum contains special exhibits that revolve every year, special events like educational camps, and even scavenger hunts. The library is nearby and free of charge.

  • The Illinois State Archives , located in Springfield, Illinois, contains public records of the state of Illinois and of its local government agencies. The students in the film did research on the Illinois soldiers who fought in the US-Mexican War.

Mexican Museums:

  • Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones (National Museum of the Interventions) is a military museum located in Mexico City, Mexico. Originally an Aztec shrine, then a monastery, then a military barracks during the Mexican-American War, the building boasts a colorful history. It exhibits all foreign “interventions” in Mexico from the Mexican-American War to the French Invasion. Visitors can learn about Mexican history through the museum’s offering of books, brochures, videos and interactive discs.

  • Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico (Museum of the City of Mexico) showcases temporary exhibits from visual artists who seek to communicate their take on Mexico City. Open since 1964, the museum features a music room, a studio, a library, and some occasional cultural events like concerts, plays, and lectures.

  • Museo Nacional de Arte (National Museum of Art) is a fine art museum located in Mexico City. Its collection showcases the history of Mexican art from the 16th century to the contemporary. Current exhibitions as of February 2019 include Carlos Mérida, Saturnino Herrán, and Nahui Olin. They also offer workshops and other events to engage the public.

  • Museo el Lencero was General Santa Anna’s hacienda from 1842 until 1856 when the government seized the property. The museum, located in Xalapa, Veracruz in Mexico, contains furniture and memorabilia from the 19th century as well as beautiful gardens and architecture. 

More resources:

  • “The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)” is an original PBS documentary series that aired in 1998. The series recounts the events surrounding the conflict that ultimately cost Mexico half its territory. Its website includes timelines, maps, biographies, and other informative resources.

  • James K. Polk’s Home and Museum is the official website for the home in Columbia, Tennessee of the 11th President of the United States. It contains historical facts of both James and Sarah Polk, lesson plans for educators, an official online shop, and information about how to visit the home and museum.

  • El Coyote Cojo, an artist partnership of Adela Goldbard and Emilio Rojas, created an exhibit as part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) MFA show – 2017. They recreated Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg to “test the viability of its use as a baseball bat” in order to challenge the legendary tale that U.S. soldiers did just that after acquiring it.