Western Lands and the Coming of the Civil War. Making the Avoidable Seem Inevitable, 1848-1861. What to Do With Lands Acquired From Mexico As a Result of the Mexican War?. Slave or Free? Who gets to decide?. 4 Basic Positions. Let Congress Decide Wilmot Proviso (Keep it out)
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Making the Avoidable Seem Inevitable, 1848-1861
Slave or Free?
Who gets to decide?
Lewis Cass—Democrat—Popular Sovereignty
Zachary Taylor—Whig—divide territory/nationalism over sectional issue of slavery
Free Soilers—Martin Van Buren—keep slavery out of the territories
California Petitioned for Admission as a free state
Northern Democrats nominate Douglas; Southern Democrats nominate Breckinridge
Lincoln wins Republican nomination/no extension of slavery
John Bell of Tennessee is Constitutional Unionist Candidate1860 Presidential Election