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Seat of War and Battles

"Seat of War and Battles"

The Mexican War transfixed many Americans. It promised to change the United States and its public life in significant ways. The addition of Mexican territory in the West would open up new lands for settlement, a long-time Democratic goal. Most Whigs opposed the war, preferring to settle and civilize the United States' existing territories more intensively. While newspapers provided Americans with extensive coverage of the war, broadside posters like this one provided more colorful documentation of events.

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