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HIS 203 Week 4 DQ 2 Economic and Territorial Expansion

HIS 203 Week 4 DQ 2 Economic and Territorial Expansion

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The decades following the War of 1812 are often depicted as an age of nationalism, democratization, egalitarianism, individualism, industrialization, and economic and territorial expansion. The same period, however, could also be depicted as an age of racial oppression, ethnic cleansing, the entrenchment of slavery, the subjugation of women (see Rexford, 2008, in this week’s recommended readings for a discussion of how women’s shoes enhanced their domesticity and dependence), the spread of poverty, the militant conquest of foreign lands and foreign peoples, and the emergence of divisive sectionalism which would tear the country apart. Explain how and why the United States expanded economically and territorially during this period, and assess the impact of that expansion on the nation as a unified whole and on the following groups of people: a. Free women b. Native Americans c. Slaves d. Small farmers e. Urban workers 
Synthesize the above points to respond to the following question: Did the economic and territorial expansion of the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century serve to tie the country together or to drive it apart? In answering this question, utilize one of the following videos below in conjunction with your text book. a. Division b. The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Revolution c. Trail of tears d. Judgment day (1831-1865)

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