Sectionalism and the Breakup of the U.S
Throughout the early 1800's the country was split in many areas over many issues. Some of the more severe clashes between differing groups resulting from such issues as slavery, expansion, and internal improvement. With all of these controversial topics to worry about along with the vast diversity in the nation, caused separation and tensions throughout the country.
The most prominent of the previous topics was slavery. This was an issue in the days of the bible and continues to be an issue in the middle 1800's.
The divisions in the country brought about by slavery seem to be categorized into two main groups, abolitionists, and…show more content…
So, that raises the question of how you could treat another human as if they were non-human, but still complain about their enslavement by other people for the benefit of your own country. Two pieces where this argument is seen are "Appeal to the women of the south" and
"Slavery as it is." These two articles discuss slavery in the light that it is wrong, and should be abolished. They completely see it from the standpoint of
Christianity, and do not see it as accepted by the Bible. In "Appeal to the women of the South," many quotes are used directly from the Bible citing specific examples of slavery as being wrong and not accepted.
The next area of national division was expansion and the issues pertaining there to. The nation was a young one, with a rapidly growing population, and great ideas of world supremacy. Peoples views were basically divided into two groups, the expansionists, and the non-expansionists. These two groups were not as geographically separated as the North and the South of the slavery issue, but none the less were partially divided by the Mason-Dixon line. When people tried to rally for interaction in the war of 1812, they campaigned with the idea of new found land, and how our country could expand.
As people thought about the prospects of war, and acquisition of new land, they found the struggles