Westward Expansion and Regional Difference9

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Westward Expansion and Regional Differences Nation, slavery grow in new frontier Within a month of his inauguration, however, the 68-year-old Harrison died, and Tyler  became president. Tyler's beliefs differed sharply from those of Clay and Webster, still  the most influential men in Congress.  The result was an open break between the new  president and the party that had elected him. The Tyler presidency would accomplish  little other than to establish definitively that, if a president died, the vice president would  assume the office with full powers for the balance of his term. Americans found themselves divided in other, more complex ways.  The large number of  Catholic immigrants in the first half of the 19th century, primarily Irish and German,  triggered a backlash among native-born Protestant Americans.  Immigrants brought  strange new customs and religious practices to American shores. They competed with 
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Unformatted text preview: the native-born for jobs in cities along the Eastern seaboard. The coming of universal white male suffrage in the 1820s and 1830s increased their political clout. Displaced patrician politicians blamed the immigrants for their fall from power. The Catholic Church's failure to support the temperance movement gave rise to charges that Rome was trying to subvert the United States through alcohol. The most important of the nativist organizations that sprang up in this period was a secret society, the Order of the Star-Spangled Banner, founded in 1849. When its members refused to identify themselves, they were swiftly labeled the "Know-Nothings." In a few years, they became a national organization with considerable political power....
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