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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The compromises of the early nineteenth century did not settle the issue of slavery and westward expansion. Instead, they suppressed the issue and acted as temporary salves. However, as the compromises appeared to benefit Slave States more often than they did Free States, sectional antagonisms between the North and the South were becoming more distinct.
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