Essay on The Antebellum Era By John Quincy Addams

1299 Words Nov 9th, 2014 6 Pages
When people claim that “nothing ever changes” and “life will always be the same,” one word holds the ability to accurately sum up that conjecture: wrong. The world constantly undergoes changes, both socially and otherwise. American remains an increasingly mobile society. The antebellum area, specifically 1820 to 1840, involved times of great change, be it social, economic, or political. Whether these changes benefitted or hurt society remains debatable, but it is undeniable that these changes altered American life and that similar changes occur all through America’s entirely inconstant history.
Throughout the antebellum era, the American government continued to struggle at finding solid footholds. Both integral and up-in-the-hair, the relationship between the legislative branch and executive branch. John Quincy Addams wrote about the ways in which Congress attempted to make the President “dependent upon and subservient to them” in his personal diary, five years before he actually ascended to the presidency. Addams further elaborates on the power struggles between the two branches, citing issues like the national bank, slavery, and individual greed as perpetual topics on which Congress attempts to take dominion over the Presidency. In an era of such social turbulence, clear lines of who holds which powers must be established. Struggles such as these have existed throughout America’s history. As tensions increased in Vietnam during the early 1960s, the question of America’s…

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