Expansion and Slavery: 1846–1855

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American History

 

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May 7, 2014

 

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Whig Northerners, however, believed that slavery should be banned from the new territories. Pennsylvanian congressman David Wilmot proposed such a ban in 1846, even before the conclusion of the war. Southerners were outraged over this Wilmot Proviso and blocked it before it could reach the Senate. Sectional Loyalty Over Party Loyalty The Wilmot Proviso justified Southerners' fears that the North had designs against slavery...
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They worried that if politicians in the North prevented slavery from expanding westward, then it was only a matter of time before they began attacking it in the South as well. As a result, Southerners in both parties flatly rejected the proviso. Such bipartisan support was unprecedented and demonstrated just how serious the South really felt about the issue...
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