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  • Polk and the Democrats
  • Battle of the Alamo
  • I'm America's first dark-horse candidate. Andrew Jackson is my friend! I'm pro-Texas.
  • All Oregon or None! Clay is a corrupt bargainer, a dissolute character, and a slaveowner!
  • Clay and the Whigs
  • Battle of San Jacinto
  • I'm in favor of both annexation and postponement.
  • Hooray for Clay! Polk, Slavery, and Texas, or Clay, Union, and Liberty! Polk is a slaveowner!
  • Texas Achieves Statehood
  • Results of the Election of 1844
  • Polk ran on a platform that embraced American territorial expansionism, Manifest Destiny. He won a narrow victory over Clay because Clay had taken a stand against expansion.
  • I'm the 11th president!
  • In 1835, a Mexican force led by Santa Anna laid siege to the former mission. Texan volunteer soldiers were able to hold down for 13 days before being overpowered.
  • Remember the Alamo!
  • Sam Houston's forces defeated Santa Anna, forcing Santa Anna to recognize Texan Independence. Houston became the first president of Texas. Citizens wanted Texas to become a state over fear Mexico might try to re-establish its rule over Texas.
  • Texas
  • I made Texas a state!
  • Pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces battled over the issue of slavery's expansion into Texas. In 1845, Texas becomes the 28th state.
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