The boundary between Mexico and Texas was undecided, however Mexico said it was the Nueces River and the U.S said it was Rio Grande. At this point it was clear that the United Stated was provoking the Mexican army into fighting. As Polk’s Army entered Mexican territory they were attacked and 16 were killed. (Background Essay) President Polk used this as an excuse to persuade Congress to declare war against Mexico. However, according to Jesus Velasco-Marquez, in the eyes of Mexicans, the American troops were trespassing and therefore the Mexican government was bound to protect their borders.
The Meaning of the Mexican War A. Conspiracy to acquire territories from which slave States B. President Ulysses Grant considered this War one of the most unjust The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) I. The Great Territorial Loss From the perspective of the United States, the Mexican-American War, together with the Louisiana Purchase, represented important land acquisitions as part of the country’s relentless expansion westward. In this regard, Kurth (1999) reports that, “There were grand achievements in this national project of continental expansion, especially the southwestern annexations, which were achieved through U.S.
I believe that the Civil War began with the debate over the future of slavery. That very issue led to secession, and secession caused a war where the Northern states fought for the ground of the Union, and the South for their independence as a new confederation of states under its own constitution. It seems to me that any disagreement leads to some form of resentment. We tend to not like what we don’t understand, and it was hard for the North to understand why the Southern states were itching for freedom from them. It seems from a broader point of view that the North has gone through so much just for the Southern states of America to exist.
In July 1845, John L. O’Sullivan wrote an article in the Annexation that stated that it was Gods will for the United States to expand from coast to coast (Doc. A). less than a year later, President James Polk wrote a war message to the Senate and House of Representatives saying that we should go to war because Mexico attacked the U.S. on Americas land (Doc. B). Although President Polk’s message was ratified by the Senate and House, the United States reason for war wasn’t good enough for them go to war with Mexico.
This was called the popular sovereignty. The debate on slavery became a big issue for most people. Pro-slavery and anti-slavery groups fought many wars, each side wanting to gain control of Kansas so they could vote for it to become a slave state or a free state. All the different wars would end up beginning the civil war. The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed through congress and became law in May of 1854.
6. The Compromise of 1850 called for California to enter the Union as a free state, had the people in New Mexico and Utah decide if they wanted slavery in their state, had the slave trade abolished in Washington D.C., and passed the Fugitive Slave Act. 7. The primary causes of the Mexican-American War were manifest destiny, westward expansion, economics, and slavery. 8.
The Civil War began for many reasons. The general southern disgust of the north and their disapproval of the southern lifestyle caused the south to secede from the United States. This secession, in turn, led to he Civil War. One viewpoint is that, “by the 1850’s the Constitution originally framed as an instrument of national unity had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it had created.” This view of the Constitution as the cause of the Civil War is an interesting but extremely logical way to look at the situation. But how exactly did this document that formed such a seemingly perfect union also tear it apart?
Slavery was a common problem in the United States. Before the Civil War era, the North and South were already arguing over the fate of slavery. This period was known the antebellum period. Although there were other major problems in this period, slavery was important because it sparked the start of the Civil War. Southerners argued that slavery was not the cause of the war, but there were many people who said otherwise.
The war was due to a culmination of events ranging from the institution of slavery, its implications on society, and the economic impact slavery was having on society. The American Civil War was also due to an uneasy alliance between the Northern and Southern congressman that after many decades of compromise and conciliation, their bipartisanship failed and in their views there could be no more compromise. Arguably the North and South both believed that they were fighting a war against political oppression and the condemnation of a way of life, the North believed they were fighting for free economic expansion and later the emancipation of a people, while the South believed they were fighting for their own rights and way of life. The American Civil War was more than a war about slavery, and the extension of slavery; it was a war of states’ rights over federal, it was also a technological push for industrialization over the continuing agricultural mode of living. The war did not erupt in 1820 because a compromise was reached.
He further shows his opposition towards slavery in denouncing the ending of the Missouri Compromise’s ban on slavery in Kansas and Nebraska and the Dred Scott, which he say as another step in the direction of spreading slavery into Northern territories. Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 The 1858 debates between Democrat Douglas and Republican Lincoln previewed the issues that Lincoln would face in the aftermath of his victory in the 1860 presidential election. The main issue discussed in all seven debates was slavery, an issue of monumental importance to citizens across the nation. Once again Lincoln expressed opposition to Dred Scott decision