Bthe war with mexico did indeed serve as a training

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b.The War with Mexico did indeed serve as a training ground for the men who would become the military leaders of the Civil War, among them both Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. c.The war fanned the flames of the slavery debate, as abolitionists regarded the Mexican conflict as provoked by Southern slave owners for the purposes of advancing slavery. d. The War with Mexico weakened relations between the U.S. and Latin America, as the latter became increasingly suspicious of their former friend, labeling the U.S. the greedy “Colossus of the North.” e. After the War with Mexico, the physical size of the U.S. increased by one-third, even more than the land added via the Louisiana Purchase. Question 14 a. Submitted to Congress by Pennsylvania representative David Wilmot, the proviso stated that slavery should never be allowed in any of the territories acquired from Mexico. Designed to keep the Southern “slavocracy” in check, the proviso was twice passed by the House but never approved by the Senate. b. The proviso was endorsed in almost all the free states, but it did not leave the issue of slavery up to each state to decide. It sought to limit slavery to where it already existed. c. The only document to specify any date related to slavery was the U.S. Constitution, which outlined only the date for ending the importation of slaves—not slavery or the slave trade. d.The Compromise of 1850, and not the Wilmot Proviso, sought to maintain balance between the number of free and slave states. e. While Wilmot and his colleagues would undoubtedly have liked the South to cease its attempt to influence whether the territories would allow slavery, this was not what his proviso sought to achieve.
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