HIST 200 Lecture (2.12.2007)

HIST 200 Lecture (2.12.2007) - HIST-200 Lecture 2.12.2007...

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2.12.2007 Variety of themes: - Successful launching and stabilization of the new nation o Historians call this the “early republic,” which begins with the Constitution and first federal election of 1789 and lasts to the middle of the 1820s o Stabilized ourselves domestically and with foreign powers - Geographic expansion o Beginning with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 o Add territory in the Mexican War o 1853: Gadsden Purchase o 1853: Continental dimensions are complete o Native Americans and other people out there were displaced as we did this - Sectional controversy between North and South o Different labor systems o Conflict between the two cannot be resolved Leads into Civil War - Race o Question of racial adjustment after the Civil War o At the turn of the 20 th century, back to segregation and disenfranchisement - Tremendous economic growth after the Civil War o Our industrial revolution o 1894: #1 manufacturing nation in the world o Growth problems Lack of competition Working class problems Robber-baron problems Too quick growth problems Progressivism results Land - After the Revolution, Atlantic on the east, Mississippi on the west, not quite Florida in the south - Evident: alarming growth o Healthier side of the ocean o Large families o Rapid expansion Problems We don’t get any respect from England yet o England still maintains forts in our territory In South, there is disputed claim between Spain and U.S. o
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