territory eexpansion

Topics: United States, American Civil War, Compromise of 1850 Pages: 2 (591 words) Published: October 28, 2014
Essay #2   The issue of territorial expansion sparked considerable debate in the period 1800-1855. Analyze this debate and evaluate the influence of both supporters and opponents of territorial expansion in shaping federal government policy.   The idea of Manifest destiny emerged in the 1840's and said that the people of America were chosen by God to control the North American continent.  But as Americans pushed West in hopes of territorial expansion, they encountered many problems.  The North and South became increasingly belligerent towards each other specifically over the controversies of slavery.  Due the nation annexing new lands, the status of slavery was on everyone's minds.  The Missouri Compromise which was supposed to settle this debate failed to prevent the conflict.  So a dangerous crisis occurred.  Although territorial expansion reflected the hopeful wishes of God, it only sparked a huge debate over slavery. Those who opposed Manifest destiny feared it would bring up the controversial issue of slavery and threaten the Union. Specifically, the North was synonymous for its abolitionist movement and thus would not compromise until slavery was eliminated.  On the other hand, the South defended the institutions of slavery by saying it was "a positive system for white southerners who needed a labor force". However on the positive side of Manifest Destiny, many saw this expansion as a symbol of nationalism.  The proponents agreed with its idea but there were mixed opinions on if they should use force and how far should the nation expand.  The Democrats favored the use of force to extend the border while the Whigs favored extension through diplomacy.  Henry Clay, a Whig and solid opponents of territorial expansion, feared like the people of its potential to aggravate the issue of slavery. The Missouri Compromise had divided up the Louisiana Purchase and said all the territory north would not permit slavery while those in the south would.  Yet this only...
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