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Hiram Ulysses Grant, later Ulysses S. Grant, was born into a quickly changing world.  America was constantly marching westward, first to Ohio, then Illinois, then the Plains,  the Rockies, and the West Coast. Manifest destiny was the rule of the land. Over the entire country, the issue of slavery loomed large. Politicians were constantly  balancing the needs of the slave states against those of the free states. Two years  before Grant was born, the Compromise of 1820 had admitted Missouri into the Union  as a slave state. It also stated that slavery would not be allowed in any state formed  north of Missouri's southern border–which worked as a fine solution until the Mexican  War brought even more territory into the country. Therefore, in 1850, when California– which straddled the arbitrary line that defined slave and free–asked to enter the Union, 
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