President John Tyler signs Congressional resolution to annex Texas/ Texas Congress
accepts U.S. offer of annexation
After several battles, the United States occupies Mexico City in September.
Santa Fe Trail is marked by United States.
Read the two quotes below, then answer the questions.
Read and compare the two primary source quotations from the debate concerning annexation of Texas.
William Ellery Channing, pastor of the Federal Street Church in Boston, opposing annexation of Texas
to Senator Henry Clay, 1887:
“Having unfolded the argument against the annexation of Texas from the criminality of the revolt, I
proceed to a second very solemn consideration, namely, that by this act our country will enter on a
career of encroachment, war, and crime, and will merit and incur the punishment and woe of
aggravated wrongdoing. The seizure of Texas will not stand alone. It will darken our future history. It will
be linked by an iron necessity to long continued deeds of rapine and blood. Ages may not see the
catastrophe of the tragedy, the first scene of which we are so ready to enact. It is strange that nations
should be so much more rash than individuals; and this, in the face of experience which has been
teaching from the beginning of society, that, of all precipitate and criminal deeds, those perpetrated by
nations are the most fruitful of misery.”