The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 245
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Slavery Propaganda During the Mexican War 245
tension of slavery,1 they were above all interested in imperialistic
schemes. The sincerity of some of them is open to question for
not a great deal was known about the territory involved. When it
was asserted with so much assurance and vehemence that the an-
nexation of Mexican territory would weaken the institution of
slavery, one suspects that the expansionists were frantically grasp-
ing for any argument, whether sound or not, which would support
their case. Be that as it may, the results of their efforts seem to
make necessary a thoroughgoing revision of the traditional ideas
as to the parts played by the pro-slavery and anti-slavery elements
in the attempt to seize Mexican territory after the annexation of
"For instance the most powerful paper in the State of Illinois de-
clared: "We are aware that a majority of the people of Illinois are
opposed to the extension of slavery in the territory we may acquire from
Mexico; <but we deny that they are in favor of weighing down the war
measures of the government with collateral questions and exciting sec-
tional issues." Illinois State Register, March 26, 1847.
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