The Mexican-American War was the start of the Civil War. After gaining land from Mexico, the South believed that slavery could spread throughout the West . The westward expansion caused problems on whether new territories and states in the West would permit or prohibit slavery, which became one of the main disputes that led to the Civil War in the
Contradicting William jay 's slavery as a reason for the war, John D. P. Fuller proposes in his The Slavery Question and the Movement to Acquire Mexico, 1846-1848 that toward the start of the Mexican War, the common conviction was that domain procured from Mexico would enter the union with slavery, yet after sectional controversies had erupted, most Southerners turned out contrary to obtaining of new region. Although many of the people who supported the annexation of texas were slaveholders, they were not primarily motivated by the establishment of slavery in a new state rather it was for manifest destiny since also these southerners were from the southwest. The annexation raced many debates and conflicts and as Fuller said it was not
In Texas, American colonists also felt that they were oppressed by Santa Anna and the Mexican government. They wanted a revolution. Sam Houston took a stand by leading Texans to independence from Mexico. His actions resulted in reinforcing the need reject tyranny, increased American influence in North America and the spread of Anglicanism. Stephen Austin brought over American influence into Texas.
This had become necessary to meet a threatened invasion of Texas.” Mexico was invading Texas not the U.S. It doesn 't matter that Texas had been annexed, it was still their problem(Polk 325). We would have been happy to assist, similar to how we did at the Alamo; however, we should have not gone to war for Texas. Why did we go to war for Texas’s problems? Texas applied for annexation to the United State twice in a matter of nine years(Roden 317).
Jerry’s rescue illustrates the debate on Federal and state law on slavery. The Fugitive slave act complicated all of this. Now slave owners could cross into free states to retrieve fugitive slaves when under that states law they were free. The north used the free labor argument to append to the political discussion and hopefully abolish slavery. The Debate just escalated into violence after the Kansas Nebraska Act where a State could possibly decide on slavery through popular sovereignty.
The South wanted to keep slaves while the North wanted to abolish them. In conclusion, the primary cause of the civil war was not slavery instead was the issue of states rights. The Northern armies won the Civil War and the the South returned to the Union. “The Civil War started because of differences between free slaves states and the power of the government that said if slavery was correct or incorrect.”(The Civil War in America Prologue). Slavery was right at that time but now it is wrong.
Abstract Slavery provided America with a wide range of labor, and fortune. Ideals from Christianity, and Revolution forced many to grapple with the idea of ending it. Throughout the antebellum era politicians debated the merits allowing the people of territories themselves to decide whether slavery would be prohibited or permitted. This solution created a host of problems. From the establishment of the Northwest and Southwest territories, to the Louisiana Purchase, the annexation of Texas, the acquisition of the Mexican Cession, and finally the debate over Kansas and Nebraska, the extension of slavery confounded politicians.
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.
Although the United States war against Mexico resulted in the gaining of America’s most valuable land, the war itself was unjust because their goal was to expand slavery, Texas was wrong from the beginning, and the war was based on false pretenses. To begin, the war waged against Mexico was unjustifiable because their goal was to expand slavery in the United States. In Document E, house representative Joshua Giddings states his stance on the war, “Mexico has
Extended tension led to the Compromise of 1850 which stated that California would be admitted as a free state, stricter fugitive slave laws would be authorized, Congress would not interfere in slave trafficking in the south, the prohibition of slave trade in the district of Columbia, and finally popular sovereignty on slavery in the new states. While many argue that the joining of Texas and California to the Union is what “poisoned” America, others argue that the Kansas-Nebraska Act is what truly sparked the fire that would soon spread throughout America becoming the Civil