America: From the Signing of the Constitution to the Civil War

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July 4th, 1776 the United States of America declares its independence from England. A new nation begins to take shape. America, as new country, begins to see its challenges. In 1787, the adoption of the constitution and a new central government took form with similarities to the British system they had just overthrown. America, since the adoption of the constitution and up until the civil war faced social, political, and economic challenges. In the social context, it dealt with slavery, religious, and expansion movements. The political area saw parties come and go. America made political allies and enemies, internally and externally. The economic situation saw debt and prosperity. It played a detrimental part in the country’s future in the…show more content…
The nullifier’s felt that the tariff acts favored Northern-manufacturing interests at the cost of Southern farmers. Moving west, in 1848 President Tyler signed the treaty of Hidalgo, that ended the Mexican war and annexed Texas to the union. In 1861, the first shots of the civil war take place. The south is for slavery and the north against it. The events of the civil war shape the next century. Industry plays a big role in the use of armies, rifles, cannons, and mortars. Then north wins because of its industry and ability to produce more. The lack of unity among the south and Lincoln’s adoption of total war and union gave the north victory. The north united the nation and but divided its people for many years to come. The central theme of the civil war may have been slavery but economics played a major role. Since the declaration of independence, the economy of the nation took a top priority in every president’s administration.
Third, the economy of our nation depended on agriculture. George Washington said that we could not compete in technology with Europe; however, our strength relied on our land and farmers. To become a powerful nation, it must supply the world with food. The American colonies went from marginally successful colonial economies to a small, independent farming economy. In the next 80 years, the United States grew to a huge, integrated, industrialized economy. The invention of the
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