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Manifest Destiny & Mexican-American War

Manifest Destiny & Mexican-American War

Discussion & Essay Questions

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  1. Big Picture
    • What contributed to Americans' sense of racial superiority?
      • What material advances and opportunities reinforced this sense of difference?
    • How did the nation avoid a violent clash over slavery for as long as it did?
      • Were these political compromises and cross-sectional parties good things?
      • Or did they just delay the inevitable?
        • Would the nation have been better served by fighting this out earlier?
    • Why did most northerners oppose slavery?
    • Do the motivations of northerners matter?
    • Will they affect the way that slavery is ultimately ended?