The Wilmot Proviso

The Wilmot Proviso, 1846

As you read, consider the following questions:
1. To what did the Wilmot Proviso specifically apply?
2. What reaction probably greeted this idea when presented in the House and Senate?

Provided, territory from That, as an express and fundamental condition to the acquisition of any the Republic of Mexico by the United States, by virtue of any treaty which may be negotiated between them, and to the use by the Executive of the moneys herein appropriated, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory, except for crime, whereof the party shall first be duly convicted.

[Passed by the U.S.House of Representatives, 1846 and 1847, never passed by the U.S.Senate]


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by cherry on October 26, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    is this paragraph referring to the slaves of the Mexicans’?

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