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The Mexican-American Civil War
1861, the year when brother fought brother and American blood was shed on American soil for the first time. The main cause of the American Civil War is a controversial issue that continues to be the topic of much debate. Nevertheless, it is apparent that the Mexican-American War had a great deal to do with it. It is not however, the only factor that contributed to the Civil War. The Mexican-American War only heightened issues that were already present, such as slavery. Similarly, the road to the Civil War is paved with different stones such as the Dred Scott case and the Nullification Crisis as well.
To begin, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the Mexican-American war stated that the Mexican government succumbed to the United States. As a result, Mexico relinquished New Mexico and Northern California to the United States as well as recognizing Texas’ independence and that its southern border is
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Also, the Southern states were not in dire need of protective tariffs considering their economy was already very secure thanks to the cotton industry. Therefore, the tariffs disrupted their foreign trade without granting them any benefits. South Carolina grew so infuriated that John Calhoun wrote the "South Carolina Exposition and Protest," which disclosed the tariff null and void in South Carolina. Moreover, Jackson did not accept this veto. He then, swayed the senate to pass the Force Bill, which granted the President the right to enforce the tariff by utilizing the military. South Carolina counteracted by accepting the Tariff, however,the right to veto federal legislation had to be preserved. All in all, the Nullification Crisis disturbed relations between the North and South, nearly ending in military intervention. Also, it resulted with a Southern state disclosing that it obtained the right to oppose the government; an idea without which the Civil War could never have

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