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Americans Dissent On the War Against Mexico (Mexican War)

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James Russell Lowell's Poem on the Mexican War had a tremendous impact. Most of the nation's population believed, as Lowell did, that the Mexican War was a plot to extend slavery, a simple land grab 'for pernicious purposes' (click here). In fact, the Texans themselves were, at the time, quite open about it, declaring independence from Mexico only when Santa Ana extended Mexico's abolition of slavery to include American migrants into Texas (click here). The difference of opinion lay in whether one believed the act righteous or evil. Lowell and Lincoln fell in the latter category. Mississippi's Jefferson Davis, Oregon's Joseph Lane, and Corvallis'  Joseph Avery, fell into the former.

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