Why did most Northerners tend to oppose the war with Mexico in the 1840s.

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Most Northerners opposed the War with Mexico as they considered it an insidious attempt to extend slavery into new areas once those areas became part of the United States. John C. Calhoun not a Northerner, obviously, but aware of the pending debate, called land gained from Mexico

the forbidden fruit; the penalty of eating it would be to subject our institutions to political...

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