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B.The Dilemma of Territorial Growth: When and how did slavery come into politics?•came as a bombshell for members of Congress in South because Southern slave states claimed that to ban slavery would be outrageous way to exclude south in any victory over Mexico - why discriminate?
HIST 105 - Baum-opposes Wilmot Proviso - favors better solution, “popular sovereignty” = let the people in the territory decide themselves if they want slavery or not-how will this work? hoping no one would ask, didn’t even know the answer himself - only says allow organized territory to decide to ban slavery or come up with slave codes•both anti-slavery wings meet and form brand new political party = “Free Soil Party”-anti-slavery Liberty party members join as well-Candidate - Martin Van Buren-platform summed up as - free soil, free speech, free men-hoping would make impressive impact in Northern states-this third party makes outcome in North unpredictable - Free Soilers say might make a deal w/ either party to throw support to one or the other and control balance of power in election-electoral politics unpredictable - ongoing re-alignment of voters which only end and harden when Lincoln wins election in 1860•Taylor and Whigs win - electoral and pop. majority-