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Unformatted text preview: territorial and slavery controversies coming from the Mexican-American War. One of the main features of this was a fugitive slave act passed also in 1850, which made any federal marshal who didnt arrest runaway slaves liable for a fine up to a thousand dollars. It is also seen as a probable driving force which eventually led to the Civil War. I think that the annexation of Texas was probably done too soon, that we shouldve waited until after the Civil War to do it. Basically all it did was add more fuel to the fire for the South, giving them that much more men to fight for the Confederacy, also giving them that many more resources to use if necessary....
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- Spring '07