Summarize Channing’s arguments against annexation. How does he frame his objections? What does he believe will be the ultimate consequences if America continues on the path of annexation? Summarize O’Sullivan’s arguments for annexation. How does he frame his support for such a move? How does he see the future of America? Evaluate the arguments made by the two men. How do you think the fact that Americans ultimately sided with O’Sullivan, not only on the question of Texas but in other instances of taking over land from other peoples, has affected the destiny of our nation? In other words, did American behavior at this point in our history shape American assumptions about its place in the world for later generations?
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