Choose ONE of the following: 1. Why was Texas annexation such a divisive issue

Choose ONE of the following:
1. Why was Texas annexation such a divisive issue in the 1830s and 1840s? How did this impact political developments in the United States, and how might events have unfolded if the United States had refused to annex Texas in 1845?
2. Why did some politicians, such as Lewis Cass and Stephen Douglas, find the concept of “popular sovereignty” so appealing? Why did opponents such as Abraham Lincoln find it so appalling? Is the concept of popular sovereignty a sound one that could be practiced today?
3. What was president James Buchanan’s role in the fracturing of the Union from 1857 to 1861? What are some steps he could have taken to prevent the collapse of the Union under his watch? How did his handling of the secession crisis differ from that of his successor, Abraham Lincoln?
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