Abraham Lincoln protested the Mexican-American WAr

On January 12, 1848, the reedy, determined voice of Congressman Abraham Lincoln filled the US House of Representatives, as Lincoln protested the Mexican American War.  The War was then in its 20th month; the US military had thought it would last only two months (sound familiar?).  Lincoln protested against the deceit of then President James Polk as to the causes for the war: “… I propose to try to show that the whole of this—issue and evidence—is, from beginning to end, the sheerest deception.”  His speech continued in his condemnation of the war, stating that President Polk, “… ordered General Taylor into the midst of a peaceful Mexican settlement, purposely to bring on a war.”  Lincoln was deeply concerned about the Mexican people who were living in the parts of their nation that the US had invaded.

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