Ralph Waldo Emerson once said Mexico will poison us, what did he mean by this?

Chapter/Primary Source Topic Question: After you have read Chapter 12 and the primary sources for this lesson, think about the following question: Ralph Waldo Emerson once said Mexico will poison us, what did he mean by this? Why did southern planters press so aggressively for the expansion of slavery into the west and beyond and how and why did northern anti-slavery forces meet and confront their challenge? Film Topic Question: After you watched the film listed in the Viewing – Comprehension section for this lesson, think about the following question: The United States drove both the Cherokee (1838) and the Mormons (1847) into the barren American West. Compare and contrast the two mass migrations. Be sure to describe the circumstances and struggles of each.

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