The Wilmot Proviso During The Mexican-American War

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The Wilmot Proviso was proposed during the Mexican-American War. David Wilmot (a Democrat) submitted the Wilmot Proviso. The Proviso meant that if the United States won they would not turn the Mexican people who were on the land into slaves. This passed through the House of Representatives (based on population), but not the Senate (equal number of reps from slave and free states). In order for the Wilmot Proviso to be passed it needed at least two thirds of the Senate, (did not happen). This is significant because the Senate was equal numbers slave and free and slaveholders did not like the Wilmot proviso because they viewed slaves as property. Because the Northern senate members were firmly behind the Wilmot Proviso, but the Southern senates

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