History of the United States 1492-1865
Why was there such political pressure for territorial expansion between 1820 and 1860? What was the importance of the idea and reality of land available out “west” in the hopes and imagination of Jacksonian voters? Describe several episodes between 1820 and 1854 in which the North and South argued over the future status (slave or free) of western territories. What was at stake in these contests? Was the political crisis that sparked the Civil War a contest over the West?
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