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The Mexicans, of course, viewed the American action as a war of aggression aimed at annexing- stealing- what is now the American Southwest; the Americans, on the other hand, saw it as a near completion of the providential mandate to control the North America from the Atlantic to Pacific and enforce the border with Mexico at the Rio Grande river. Beginning with a hypothesis that Ken Burns's Civil War (1990) and D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation (1915) were "similarly indicative of mainstream public opinion" (97), Edgerton commends Burns's efforts and shows us once again, as do all the other authors who take us to our present armed conflicts in film, that all history is now, especially in the movies.
Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History Robert Doyle The Journal of American Culture; Mar 2009; 32, 1; Docstoc pg. 95 Reproduced with permission of the
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