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Those people most opposed to President James K. Polk's expansionist program were the
The clash between Preston S. Brooks and Charles Sumner revealed
the fact that passions over slavery were becoming dangerously inflamed in both North and South
In the Compromise of 1850, Congress determined that slavery in the NEw Mexico and Utah territories was
to be decided by popular sovereignty
The Free Soilers condemned slavery because
it destroyed the chances of free white workers to rise to self-employment
In the presidential election of 1844, the Whig candidate, Henry Clay,
favored postponing the annexation of Texas
For majority of northerners, the most outrageous part of the Supreme Court's ruling in the Dred Scott case was
that congress had never the power to prohibit slavery in any territory
John Tyler joined the Whig party because be
could not stomach the dictatorial tactics of Andrew Jackson
Stephen A. Douglas argued in his Freeport Doctrine during the Lincoln-Douglas debates that
action by territorial legislation could keep slavery out of the territories
"Lame-duck" President James Buchanan believed that
the Constitution did not authorize him to force southern states to stay in the Union
The event that brought turmoil to the administration of Zachary Taylor was the
discovery of gold in California
Secessionists supported leaving the Union because
-the were tired of abolitionist attacks
-the believed that the North would not oppose their departure
-The political balance seemed to be tipping against them
-they were dismayed by the success of the Republic party
The Wilmot Proviso, introduced into Congress during the Mexican War, declared that
slavery would be banned from all territories that Mexico ceded to the United States
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