Lincoln and the Mexican War

Like many anti-slavery Northerners, Abraham Lincoln opposed the Mexican War which he viewed as unnecessary and a scheme to gain land for the introduction of new slave states into the Union.  He served his one and only term in Congress during the Mexican War, and his opposition to the Mexican War was probably the most salient feature of his tenure.  It should be noted that while objecting to the justice of the Mexican War, Lincoln voted for funds to carry out the war, and for land grants for veterans of that conflict.  The opposition of Lincoln to the war was signalized by his “Spot Resolutions” where he attempted to show that the war began on territory between Mexico and Texas that was occupied almost exclusively by Mexicans.  The “Spot Resolutions” were ignored in Congress and never debated.  The war was wildly popular in Illinois and Democrats attempted to make political hay out of Lincoln’s opposition, and referred to him as “Spotty Lincoln”.  Lincoln suffered no lasting political harm due to his opposition to the Mexican War, although opponents of the Civil War would often ironically cite Lincoln’s opposition to the Mexican War.  Here is a speech Lincoln gave in Congress on January 12, 1848 against the Mexican War: (more…)

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