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America's History in the Making

Contested Territories

The United States acquired vast territories between the time of the Revolution and the Civil War, paying a price economically, socially, and politically. This unit examines the forces that drove such rapid expansion, the settlers moving into these regions, and the impact on the Native Americans already there.Start Here

Themes

Over the first six decades of the nineteenth century, multiple political, social, and economic factors drove American territorial expansion. More

Expansion affected different groups of people in a variety of ways — offering opportunities to some, and causing dispossession, loss, and conflict for many others. More

The struggle of incorporating new lands as states exacerbated existing sectionalist rivalries, leading to a series of political crises that culminated in the Civil War. More

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