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Manifest Destiny painting shows an American woman in the sky guiding pioneers westward.
"Manifest Destiny" painting shows an American woman in the sky guiding pioneers westward.

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From the Wilmot Proviso to the Compromise of 1850

The Wilmot Proviso passed in the House of Representatives several times, but never in the Senate and so never became a law.

Although Polk satisfied Americans' sense of "manifest destiny" by vastly enlarging the nation's territory, by the time he left office in 1849 the slavery issue loomed in the forefront of U.S. domestic politics as never before.


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