Is early United States history a story of progress?
Progress in westward expansion (for white Americans) not good for native Americans. The early United States history is a story of progress and conflict in terms of political, territorial, and social advancement. Political:
Alien and Sedition Acts- During the Adams administration, congress passed the Alien and Sedation acts to suppress public criticism of the government and limit the freedom of foreigners in the US. Outcry against these acts helped the republican cause. then the rise of democratic politics – between 1820 and 1840, a revolution took place in American Politics. When property and taxpaying qualifications for voting were repealed, voter participation grew drastically. In turn, the expanded electorate made possible the creation of new national political parties. 2nd party system - increased political participation, economic concerns stemming from the panic of 1819m anxiety over slavery’s expansion, and the ‘corrupt bargain” all contributed to the creation of the second party system. As a result, the modern political system we know today was born. Election of 1828 – Jackson Democrats were the first to appeal directly for voter support through a professional party organization And, in the end, Jackson’s victory in 1828 was interpreted as a victory for the common man over the rich and well born. with democrats and whigs- Democrats were the Jackson party. They were against interference from the national government and had a powerful base in rural south and west among urban workers in the north. Whigs formed in opposition to Jackson and favored a strong national government and social reform. They had a powerful base in the industrialized North as well as among some southern planters. which fell apart over issue of slavery expansion-
Wilmot’s Provision – Proposing that slavery should be banned from all of the territories acquired from Mexico, this provision ignited an intense debate about the place...
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