Conscience Whigs And Free-Soilers Contribute To The Anti-American War

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V. Both the conscience Whigs and free-soilers were against slavery and wanted to expand the Union to the west. The conscience Whigs believed that Polk was creating a war just to add new add land to the Union and possibly new slave states. As a result this gave slave-owning Democrats permanent control of the federal government. The free-soilers believed slavery was a threat to republicanism and could ruin the Jeffersonian ideal of a freeholder society. They started to become important after the annexation of Texas and the Mexican-American War.
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