11.28 Crisis of the Union

11.28 Crisis of the Union - Wednesday, November 28, 2007...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Crisis of the Union The Wilmot Proviso o Senator David Wilmot (D-PA) made proviso after the Mexican War was fought The president may have money to buy territory from Mexico “provided that as an express and  fundamental condition to the acquisition of territory from the Republic of Mexico by the  US…, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in said territory, except for  punishment of crime, whereof the party shall first be duly convicted.” Was accused of favoring the North by political Southerners Paralyzed American politics for the next fifteen years Ultimately led to sectional bitterness and secession of the South Proved to be constitutional and seemed to be a way to erode the institution of slavery o Territories were governed by the federal government since they were not states yet  o Responses to Proviso Agree with Wilmot and accept free soil in the West Not only was slavery good and it should be expanded, it was the southerners’ constitutional  right to spread slavery (John Calhoun)
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