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Petition of New Yorkers against the annexation of Texas
New Yorkers opposed the annexation of Texas in this petition.

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The First "Dark Horse" Presidential Candidate

James Polk responded by becoming the candidate in favor of national territorial expansion. Polk avoided trouble over his desire to annex Texas (which would become a slave state) by proposing to add Oregon as a free state.

Do you know why Polk was called the "dark horse" as the Democratic nominee in 1844?

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