Slavery And Sectionalism Dbq

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Register to read the introduction… As economic, social, and political differences between the country began to be more evident, the government struggled even more to keep the country as one. In late 1819, Missouri requested for admission into the union as a slave state. However, the issue between factions of proslavery and antislavery already created high tension within the Congress, and would worsen if Missouri was accepted as a slave state. Congress found solution in admitting Maine as a free state in order to prevent the delicate balance between the two sections from being destroyed.The
Missouri Compromise also created an imaginary line across the Louisiana Territory as a boundary to which regions are free states and slave states. In a letter to John Randolph, Jefferson expressed, “A geographical line, coinciding with a marked principle, moral, and political, once conceived and held up to the angry passions of men, will never be obliterated” (Document 6).
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The result of this sectionalism can be seen in Document 7, which portrays the various political parties created at the ending of the era.
The sense of pride Americans had after winning the War of 1812, also considered as the second American Revolution, sparked an era of common purpose for growth. Encouraged by the government, nationalism also fueled various changes within social, political, and economical aspects. Although nationalism was perceptibly promoted by the government,

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