Film clip. Benjamin Bratt reads from The North Star, “The War with Mexico” (1848). From “Voices of a People’s History in the United States.”
Benjamin Bratt reads the North Star’s editorial “The War with Mexico” from January 21, 1848.
“Our nation seems resolved to rush on in her wicked career, though the road be ditched with human blood, and paved with human skulls. Well, be it so. But, humble as we are, and unavailing as our voice may be, we wish to warn our fellow countrymen, that they may follow the course which they have marked out for themselves; no barrier may be sufficient to obstruct them; they may accomplish all they desire; Mexico may fall before them; she may be conquered and subdued; her government may be annihilated— her name among the great sisterhood of nations blotted out; her separate existence annihilated; her rights and powers usurped; her people put under the iron arm of a military despotism, and reduced to a condition little better than that endured by the Saxons when vanquished by their Norman invaders; but, so sure as there is a God of justice, we shall not go unpunished; the penalty is certain; we cannot escape; a terrible retribution awaits us. We beseech our countrymen to leave off this horrid conflict, abandon their murderous plans, and forsake the way of blood. Peradventure our country may yet be saved. Let the press, the pulpit, the church, the people at large, unite at once; and let petitions flood the halls of Congress by the million, asking for the instant recall of our forces from Mexico. This may not save us, but it is our only hope.”
From Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s book Voices of a People’s History of the United States, February 1, 2007, at All Saints Church, Pasadena, Calif.
The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.