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Westward Expansion and Regional Difference8

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Westward Expansion and Regional Differences Nation, slavery grow in new frontier The Know-Nothings advocated an extension in the period required for naturalized  citizenship from five to 21 years.  They sought to exclude the foreign-born and Catholics  from public office. In 1855 they won control of legislatures in New York and  Massachusetts; by then, about 90 U.S. congressmen were linked to the party. That was  its high point.  Soon after, the gathering crisis between North and South over the  extension of slavery fatally divided the party, consuming it along with the old debates  between Whigs and Democrats that had dominated American politics in the second  quarter of the 19th century. STIRRINGS OF REFORM The democratic upheaval in politics exemplified by Jackson's election was merely one  phase of the long American quest for greater rights and opportunities for all citizens. 
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