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  1. The Mexican War: Manifest Destiny or a Slaveholder Conspiracy?

  2. I. Texas Fights for Independence from Mexico (1836) • Context: Mexican Independence from Spain (1821)

  3. 1. Stephen Austin & A Growing “Gringo” Population in Texas

  4. 2. Increasing Tension in Texas: Religion, Slavery & Santa Anna’s Dictatorship

  5. B. The Fighting: Texans’ Defeat at The Alamo -- then Victory

  6. C. US Neutrality: Sectionalism & Slavery

  7. II. The US Annexes Texas A. The Dangers of an Independent Texas

  8. B. The 1844 Election: Polk Promises Manifest Destiny

  9. C. Nueces or Rio Grande? US Annexation of Texas & the Border Dispute (1845)

  10. D. Spotty Lincoln: American Blood on American Soil?

  11. III. The Mexican-American War and Its Impact A. Surprising Victories: California, Buena Vista, Mexico

  12. B. The Impact 1. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), The Gold Rush & American Expansion

  13. 2. The Wilmot Proviso & the Beginning of the Sectional Crisis

  14. C. Expansion + Slavery Debate  Civil War