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AMERICAN CIVILIZATION UNITED STATES HISTORY 170 Rhett S. James Marcio Carvalheiro History 170 Chapter 8 September 30, 2008 Variety of American Nationalism 1. Melting Pot One reason was population growth, which drove many w bite Americans  out of the East. Between 1800 and 1820, the population nearly doubled from  5.3 million to 9.6 million. Most Americans were still farmers, and the  agricultural lands of the East were by now largely occupied or exhausted. In  the South, the spread of the plantation system limited opportunities for new  settlers. Another reason was that the West itself was becoming increasingly  attractive to white settlers. Land there as much more plentiful than it as in the  East. And in the aftermath of the War of 1812, the federal government  continued its policy of pushing the Indian tribes farther and farther west.  Migrants from throughout the East flocked in increasing numbers to what was 
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