American Westward Expansion

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8. WHAT WERE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF WESTWARD EXPANSION? In the positive side of American westward expansion, the U.S acquired more land and expanded the economy tremendously. It also allowed people who were unsatisfied with the East to move away and settle in the West . Railroads also made a huge impact in that they created more jobs and now had tracks to make it easier to move to the West. Another impact of the expansion was the discovery of oil and had caused large corporations to emerge and expanded the economy . Unlike the East according to Eric Foner, the West was very diverse: it created jobs that were held by many different races . This led to many people move to the West in search for better opportunities. However, not
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