HIST2111SP-Week11A - Expanding Freedom Slavery and Indian...

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Expanding Freedom, Slavery and Indian Removal
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Themes That Reverberate Throughout American History 1. Are humans motivated by self-interest or freedom? 2. All shifts in American history benefit some and impede others 3. Elite (or those in control) will utilize and manipulate social, political and religious institutions to maintain their hegemony 4. Monarchy is inimical to freedom 5. Democracy can decline into mobocracy; be vigilant 6. Errand in the wilderness”; American exceptionalism; Covenant with God 7. “Empire of Liberty”; Manifest Destiny 8. Centralized government vs. local autonomy and sovereignty; states rights vs. sovereignty of the fed. gov’t
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Struggle For the West 1. Migration as a “second chance” for white Americans 2. An “empire for liberty”: Jefferson, Agriculture 3. The West Acts a) Minimum land purchase (640 to 320) b) Four year credit given 4. Threat of Napoleon’s New World Empire a) Jefferson’s response to L’Overture’s defeat of Napoleon’s army of 30,000 b) Louisiana Purchase (1803): 830,000 sq. miles, doubles US
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