Historical Significance Of The War Of 1812

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1. Identify & state the historical significance of the following:
a. Lewis Cass- a veteran of the War of 1812. His views on the extension of slavery were well known because he was the reputed father of “popular sovereignty.’’
b. Stephen A. Douglas- Thirty-seven-year-old Senator of Illinois. He tried to break the North-South deadlock over westward expansion; proposed the Territory of Nebraska to be sliced into two territories, Kansas and Nebraska.Their status on slavery would be decided by popular sovereignty. Kansas would be presumed to be a slave state, while Nebraska would be a free state.
c. Franklin Pierce- from the hills of New Hampshire is the second “dark-horse’’ candidate in American history. In the Democratic Convention of 1852 in Baltimore, the Democrats chose Franklin Pierce as their candidate for president and won the election of 1852. He supported the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law, and the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.
d. Zachary Taylor- Chosen as Whig’s candidate for presidency and won election of 1848 (12th President). A Virginia-born, slave owning planter from Louisiana who was a war hero for his participation as a general in the Mexican-American war. President Zachary Taylor opposed slavery and seemed ready to veto any compromise between the North and South that went through Congress. In 1850, President Taylor died suddenly in office and Vice President Fillmore took over.
e. John C. Calhoun- part of the “immortal trio” and known as the "Great…

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