Today in my Pennsylvania History course we were talking about David Wilmot, the freshman congressman from the Wilkes-Barre, PA area who is known best as the author of the Wilmot Proviso (1847). As some of you may recall from your high school or college history survey course, Wilmot proposed that slavery should be banned from the territory that the United States acquired during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).
While I was discussing the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, the treaty that ceded all the territory in pink on the map above, an underrated Jimmy Fallon sketch crossed my mind. When I found out that none of the students in the class had seen the sketch, I turned to YouTube. (Long-time readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home will remember that we posted this video back in 2014).