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
Seventy years ago today on December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked the United States Navy based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Although Europe was steeped in World War II since September 1939, the United States remained unscathed and only partially involved through their Lend-Lease program. For precautionary measures, between July 1940 and December 1941… MORE
On November 19, 1863 Abraham Lincoln stood in war-torn Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at the height of the Civil War to give what would become the most famous speech in American history, the “Gettysburg Address.” Four months earlier, between July 1-3, 1863 the Union and Confederate armies suffered casualties estimated between 46,000 and 51,000 in the cataclysmic… MORE