American Blood on American Soil

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American Blood on American Soil? a. War With Mexico i. January 13, 1846 – Polk ordered 4,000 men under General Zachary Taylor to march from the Nueces River to the Rio Grande. He expected a clash ii. When no clash happened, he informed his cabinet that he intended to ask Congress to declare war on the basis of: 1. Unpaid claims 2. The CA rejection iii. Before this happened, Mexican troops crossed the Rio Grande and attacked Taylor iv. Polk then sent a message to Congress that despite “all our efforts” to avoid a clash, hostilities had been forced upon the country through the shedding of American blood on American soil v. Congress overwhelmingly voted for war b. Reaction to the War i. Polk felt justified in bending the truth if that’s what it took to get what he wanted. Since Mexico refused to sell CA at any cost, Polk felt that war was the quickest solution ii. Congressman Abraham Lincoln introduced resolutions that requested information as to the precise “spot” on American soil where American blood had been shed. He pushed his “spot” resolutions with such persistence that he came to be known as the “spotty Lincoln” who could die of “spotted fever” iii. Extreme antislavery people in the North (many Whigs) called the president a liar c. Mexican Aggressor? i.
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