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Fruits of Manifest Destiny How Growth Led to Civil War “James K. Polk” by “They Might Be Giants”—or, the decline of Rock N’ Roll
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3 Kinds of Growth Demographic: mass migration & natural increase Territorial: trace Manifest Destiny to Pacific Economic: remember distinction between development and mere reproduction of traditional forms of production
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Conflict within Democratic Party Van Buren vs. James K. Polk (1844) (South sabotages Van Buren) Inability of Henry Clay (Mr. Whig) to carry New York as James Birney (Liberty Party) draws more votes than Polk’s margin over Clay. “54*40’ or fight” becomes 49 th parallel Wilmot Proviso Compromise of 1850: “The great compromise, so carefully constructed, solved nothing. It papered over the real problems: growing gaps between North and South in population, in wealth, in economic development, and in moral principles.”
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Popular Sovereignty Stephen A. Douglas (D-IL) Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854) = shattering of Second American Party System and its two national parties; emergence of Republicans (free soilers) and Know- Nothings (nativists) In 1850 debate, Senator William Seward of NY declared that there was “a higher law than the Constitution” and increasing numbers of Northern men were alarmed by Southern aggression and the prospect that the West, which represented the future of the country, might have
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