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Adam M asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

what contorversey surrounded the annexation of Texas as a state?

how did the results of the 1844 presidential campaign help settle the issue?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    their necks were so red even back that it was guaranteed (2nd time of used that word tonite) they'd be republican, subsequently been proven...wacka wacka wacka

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  • 1 decade ago

    England didn't want the US to become any larger. They tried to annex Texas and even went so far as to plot with Mexico to keep Texas out of the Union. Agents from England suggested to Mexico that Mexico might receive aid in a war against Texas in the event that Texas voted to join the US. Texas needed to choose between the US and England because the state was virtually bankrupt at the time. Those working against statehood argued that Texas, as a Southern state, would be a slave state. Remember, this was less than 20 years before the start of the Civil War, so this was a serious issue in granting statehood at the time. Because of this issue, the favored candidate,Henry Clay, who was against the annexation of Texas, lost votes in the South. The Democratic candidate, James Polk, ran on a platform that included annexing Texas and the reoccupation of Oregon. The outgoing president, Tyler, had presented a treaty for the annexation of Texas. This was known as the "Texas Bombshell". The issue of Texas statehood fragmented the Whig party to the extent that Polk, a dark horse candidate, was able to win.

    FYI, at that time the two major parties were the Whigs and the Democrats. The Republican party was organized in 1854, ten years after the events we're discussing here.

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