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Why did the Whig party split?

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The Whig Party split over the issue of slavery. By the 1840s, slavery was starting to become the key national issue. It permeated nearly every part of the national agenda. Whigs claimed that Southern Democrats pushed for the Mexican War in order to create a vast slavery empire. Southern Democrats claimed that the North was not committing enough infrastructure to the South, in order to hurt the slavery economy. The politicians of the day were not helpful to the Whig Party, either. The party initially formed as an opposition group to...

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