The War On American Soil

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A tendency to be more concerned with the interests of a particular group than with the problems of the whole is the definition of sectionalism. Since the United States gained it 's independence from Britain, sectionalism grew alongside the country. Differences in lifestyles and opinions drove a wedge between groups of people. What started off as two political parties butting heads gradually escalated to two parts of the country, the North and South, dueling against one another. These different viewpoints would then lead to the last war on American soil. Because of the opposing viewpoints and contrasting lifestyles between the North and South, tensions grew until their eventual falling apart. This feud between these regions began at a…show more content…
Most of these men lived up in the North. Federalists were arrogant men and viewed the common man should be led by the elite of society because men behaved selfishly on their own (Rossiter). Anti-Federalists, would later become the Democratic Republicans, belonged in the working class that did not enjoy the success their counterpart did. Unlike the Federalists, Democratic Republicans believed in the common man. They argued that men, as long as they are well educated, would be fine without the guidance of the government and would make the right decisions when it came to electing officials (Onuf 674). With the creation of these two parties, a focus on a particular region and type of person had begun. Each political party had an agenda and each side fought to dictate policies that would benefit their people. As political parties rose, so did sectionalism. Instead of looking for solutions for the whole country, each political party was trying to resolve issues that would accommodate their respective region. George Washington noticed this during his tenure as president. On his way out of office he wrote his Farewell Address to his fellow Americans, notifying them that he will no longer be president after his current term and followed it with a couple political warnings. In clairvoyant fashion, Washington stated that political parties could disrupt the Union, since they tend to, “acquire influence within particular districts [and] misrepresent the
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