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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2021 8:23 p.m. PST

"Elected as a Whig to Congress in 1846, Abraham Lincoln gained notoriety when he lashed out against the Mexican War, calling it immoral, proslavery, and a threat to the nation's republican values. President James K. Polk had called for war, accusing Mexico of shedding of "American blood on American soil." Lincoln responded by introducing a series of resolutions demanding to know the "particular spot of soil on which the blood of our citizens was so shed." One of Lincoln's constituents branded him "the Benedict Arnold of our district," and he was denied renomination by his own party…"
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Oct 2021 8:42 p.m. PST

Wasn't there an issue of the border being unclear? So that Polk could claim it was U.S. territory, when it probably wasn't? grin

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2021 9:59 p.m. PST

Yes, as well as Whigs in general, not supportive of adding a slave state to the Union.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2021 8:00 a.m. PST

Mexico claimed the Nueces River was the southern boundary of Texas, while Texas claimed the Rio Grande was the southern border. The area was apparently very thinly populated back then. President Polk had ordered Taylor's army into this disputed area. A US scouting force ran into significant Mexican forces at Rancho de Carricitos in the disputed territory on April 25, 1846, which led to the declaration of war.


Bill N24 Oct 2021 9:03 a.m. PST

There were plenty of slave owning Whigs in the South.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2021 1:06 p.m. PST

Whigs were a fast dying political party (gone in 1854), with a very small minority of their members in the south.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2021 2:23 p.m. PST



alexpainter27 Oct 2021 6:12 a.m. PST

Perhaps Mexico should've agreed to being compensated for Texas' loss and sold (part of ) California to the US, problem was that they had a bigger army than the USA, plus there was a lot of resentment about Louisiana, that Napoleon had sold to the USA, not only the french part but also the spanish one. A lot of politicians hoped to regain these territories, not only Texas, so the pro war parties had easy in either the nations.
p.s. how many of these belligerant people that accused Lincoln of treson/cowardice would've fought in this war?

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