HIST - SUMMARY OF %22FATE OF THEIR COUNTRY%22 - Pandoras...

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Pandora’s Box:Slavery extension issue first emerged because of descisions by electedofficeholders in executive and especially legislative branches of nationalgovernment, NOT because of public pressure for or against slaveryThe southern demand to repeal Missouri Compromise with the Kansas-Nebraskaact was arguably the single most important turning point in the disunion and civilwar.Annexation of Texas saga still had partisan separation in the house and senateover sectional division.We notice a change however and it becomes clear thatsectionalism is becoming prevalent.Brown creates Texas annexation bill that gives the south increasing power.Manyare furious as it passes the House.In the senate, however, majority disapprovedof the BillThis left Polk with 2 options:Keep browns bill as is OR amend it with ThomasBenton’s changes that made a fraction of the land a slave state and the restunorganized territory.When it went back to the House, partisan divides prevailed.DRAMA:On the final day in office Tyler sent a courier to Texas governmentoffering the Brown amended annexation.And rather than Polk recalling thecourier he endorsed Tyler and He stated that the rio grand was the boundary and ifthat was a problem he’d send military forces.In December of 1845 Texas accepted and became a new slave statePolk Tried to buy California.Mexicans denied. Polk decided to provoke war tothen claim California as an indemnity for war expensesPolk sends troops under Zachary Taylor to Rio grand.Mexican troops attack bcthey believed it to be their soil.Polk tells congress they attackd us troops on ussoil.Whigs opposed the idea of n obvious unjust war from a “fraud”.Polk = Commander and chief therefore he does what he wants and deploys troops.Polk has now created Van Bueren’s nightmare by waging a “war” that whigs sawas “waged for the extension of slavery”The Wilmot ProvisoDemocrat from Penn named David Wilmot proposes bill stating that whateverland comes from war with mexico will not be a slave state.

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Term
Spring
Professor
Rand
Tags
Missouri Compromise, Compromise Of 1850, The Land, slave state, slavery extension issue, popular sovernity, slavery extension issues

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