The Expansion Of The New Nation

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In the later half of nineteenth century America, the new nation’s original ability to resolve conflict through means of peaceful compromise had vanished. Various spans of conflict such as Westward Expansion, the Market Revolution, Sectionalism, Mexican American War, the succession of the southern states and ultimately the failure of the Compromise of 1850 that made compromise between the North and the South unattainable. It was the uncompromising differences amongst the free and slave states over the power of the national government that created a divide that would result in divisional violence. From the industrialized North, the agricultural South, Jackson’s Presidency to Lincoln’s and the rise in America 's involvement in politics that followed, slavery was merely one pawn on the board during America’s transforming years that would later reveal itself to have been the vehicle for the Civil War.

New markets brought forth new opportunities for expansion. America was infantile to other developed nations, yet impeccably ambitious and anxious to get competitive. The expansion of markets created hope for some and worry for others. Financial prosperity in the southern states was solely reliant on the blood, sweat and tears of slaves to flourish the Cotton Kingdom, the driving force in transforming and expanding the southern states’ economy. In the industrialized North, workforce labor was readily available for their needs, in contrast to how imperative slavery grew to become
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