Mexican War Essay.docx - Daniel Seiden Seiden 1 Mr O Siflinger APUSH G 11 October 2019 Mexican War Essay When looking back at the Mexican American War

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Daniel Seiden Seiden 1 Mr. O. Siflinger APUSH G 11 October 2019 Mexican War Essay When looking back at the Mexican American War, President James K. Polk’s decision to invade Mexican territory can still be viewed as controversial. As Manifest Destiny was introduced, the desire to possess continental control from the east to west coast attracted westerners. Southerners approved of Polk’s decision to initiate war, believing that California could become a new slave state. However, Polk’s desire to extend slavery by obtaining control of the free states angered northern abolitionists. These different political motives revealed the sectional interests of each position. The dispute regarding the expansion of slavery into western territories, state right to choose their stance, and whether the United States should have gone to war with Mexico presents the sectional interests of each position. When the United States acquired new land from Mexico after the Mexican American War, immense controversy surrounded the idea on whether it should be a “free” or “slave” state. In the Compromise of 1850, the last Whig president, Zachary Taylor, ruled in favor of admitting these states as “free.” Pro-slavery southerners soon voiced their opinion, believing their Whig president had abandoned them to side with northern efforts. Since these southerners mostly sided with Whig political views, they were unsure of how to respond. Some extreme southerners, known as “fire-eaters”, urged the separation of the Southern states into an entirely new nation, which would eventually become the Confederate States of America. The Southerners desire to
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