The Antebellum period from 1800 to 1850 marked a time of sectionalism in American history. Furthermore, new territories gained during western expansion added to this conflict between different sections of America. Southern states wanted new slave territories, while the North wanted to contain the spread of slavery. While Western expansion contributed to growing sectional tensions between the North and South from 1800-1820, sectionalism intensified significantly from 1820-1850. Since the turn of the nineteenth century, Western territorial expansion started to increase a sense of sectionalism throughout America. President Jefferson obtained the Louisiana purchase from Napoleon in 1803, gaining unfamiliar territory West of the Mississippi River. As Lewis and Clark explored the area, others began to populate it, slowly leading to increased tensions between the North and the South. Soon an act was passed stating that territories with a certain number of inhabitants would be added to the union as newly developed states. Furthermore, During the Adams-Onis treaty with Spain, Florida was peacefully acquired as a state in America, which also increased tension. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, and King Cotton increased the South’s dependence on slaves to sustain the supply and demand of cotton, while the North favored the containment of slavery; This difference between the territories regarding slavery directly contributed to the sense of sectionalism shared throughout the nation. However the issue of slavery would be postponed due to the War of 1812, and for a while afterwards, America’s shared sense of nationalism overpowered their shared sense of sectionalism. Around the time of 1820, America’s pride in their victory in the war of 1812 was wearing off, and the balance of nationalism and sectionalism among the nation shifted primarily due to Westward expansion. The Missouri Compromise of 1820, introduced by Henry Clay, allowed for both Maine and Missouri to be admitted into
pushed into the trans-Mississippi West. Motivation for the expansion west had great impact on the United States. American settlers and business were attracted to western expansion as opportunity came up. Cattlemen, miners, and railroads had all greatly impacted the United States, but of the groups railroads held the most significant impact on the United States and the growth of the nation.
For years wild cattle had wandered the western open range until protein-rich beef was in demand to feed city….
westward expansion was the key to the nation’s health: He believed that a republic depended on an independent, virtuous citizenry for its survival, and that independence and virtue went hand in hand with land ownership, especially the ownership of small farms. (“Those who labor in the earth,” he wrote, “are the chosen people of God.”) In order to provide enough land to sustain this ideal population of virtuous yeomen, the United States would have to continue to expand.
The westward expansion of the….
During the 1800s, the federal government promoted westward expansion in a variety of ways. This expansions changed the shape and character of the country. The United states first started with very small property back then they were call the 13 colonies which to begin with was not as strong as it is today, if anything it was a lot weaker and had little to rely on. Through time it was able to make it ways into gaining….
The expansion of Western Europe started with the Iberian phase. Spain and Portugal, the two countries of the Iberian Peninsula, had a short-lived yet important role in European expansion. European expansion then turned to Western Europe. Western Europe consists of the Dutch, French, and British. While Western Europe was exploring new worlds overseas, the Russians were expanding westward across all of Eurasia.
Religion played a major role in expansion for both the Portuguese and the Spanish due to….
Western Expansion DBQ
Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, many Americans considered the lands west of the Mississippi as the "Great American Desert" and unfit for civilization. However, by the mid-1840s, migrants from the eastern United States transformed this vast desert into a fruitful land awaiting settlement and civilization known as the frontier. The development of the frontier was the result of the mass population of the many different regions of the far West. These regions….
During the 1850's, slavery, a southern necessity both socially and economically, threatened the unity of our nation. The tension's were high between the North and South, and further increased as more and more factors contributed to the strain in the Union. As an outcome of these factors, small and big, sectional hatred began to arise and commenced the splitting of the nation; ultimately leading to the American Civil War.
The very first issue that caused sectionalism in the 1850's….
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Westward Expansion DBQ
Manifest Destiny was the belief that the United States of America had the destiny of expanding across North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. This terms meaning has changed and been misused over the years. It was used as a justification for the Mexican War, and eventually was led to believe that it was to expand slavery. The main purpose of Manifest Destiny was not to expand the institution of slavery….
The western expansion was a better life for the American people. The Louisiana purchase changed the united states for the better. People loved the idea that the west provided to them. The United States population had tripled to thirteen million people.(pg.9) Of course it was better for the settlers to move because there was no room for new farmers in the east. Even though settlers were always willing to move where ever there was better land so it wasn't a big surprise. The settlers did not have any….
the nations as the people wanted a strong and secure nation. As the nation expanded sectionalism escalated over slavery issues which divided the nation into the northern free states and the southern slave states. Each had representatives and senators and the more free or slave states, the more influence they had in the government to preserve slavery abolish it. Almost all in the North wanted to stop the expansion of slavery or even abolish it all together as it was inhumane and violated the Constitution….
Throughout the 19th century there had been a lot of factors that caused change in this time period. It was figured that the U.S would become an industrial superpower by the turn of the 20th century. The various factors were;natural resources, railroads, population increase and free enterprise system. These within them selves made it clear that there must be some kind of way to transpire these into one another and contribute. This is where inventors came in the mix.
It was understood that….