The Civil War: Mexico's Revenge?
One of the most crucial parts of American history is the Civil War, this war is the test to see if a nation can survive and be united with the idea of liberty and justice for all. The winning of the Mexican War introduces new territory to the United States causing controversy in what should become free or slave states. At the cost of the free and slave states is the amount of electoral votes within either party. The constitution in which our founders state “all men are created equal” becomes more of an issue due to the amount of slavery Southern America is dependent upon.
The test of the Civil War stems from the founders view of liberty and justice for all. The Southern view of all was far different from the Northern view. The Southern view of all was white male landowners. The Northern view of all included not only the white male, but had started to include the blacks and women as the Northern states moved to a more industrialized based region. Kennedy Hickman states:
While the South was devoted to an agrarian plantation economy with a slow growth in
population, the North had embraced industrialization, large urban areas, infrastructure
growth, as well as was experiencing high birth rates and a large influx of European
immigrants. This boost in population doomed Southern efforts to maintain balance in
the government as it meant the future addition of more free states and the election of
a Northern, potentially anti-slavery, president.
(Hickman, K. “The Approaching Storm”)
Based of the constitution that the nations founders had set out, liberty and justice for all included all Americans. Therefore this was crucial for the Mexican War and in turn the Civil War.
As a result of the Mexican War, Texas becomes a slave state, therefore California becomes a free state. The Mexican War also introduces more western territory causing more controversy over slave or free states in those areas....
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