The decline of Native American political autonomy was the result of increasing national authority that also changed the character of the American West.
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To many nineteenth century Americans, the expansion of slavery into Western territories caused a great deal of controversy. Since the drafting of the Constitution in 1787, the North and the South had grown further apart in terms of economy, ideology, and society. The North, especially, was afraid that the South would force its “peculiar institution”… MORE
Historian James M. McPherson of Princeton University is a Civil War expert. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Battle Cry of Freedom and served as the President of the American Historical Association. In the video below, he discusses the aftermath of the American Civil War in a guest lecture at Stanford University in… MORE
Speaking in the hall of the House of Representatives on January 20, 1827, Whig Party co-founder and Secretary of State Henry Clay affirmed the great potential of the American Colonization Society (ACS). Clay explained that it would be beneficial to transport free black people to Africa, arguing that in America, “they are in the lowest… MORE