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Early National Period, 1783-1859

Research based on the themes: Abolitionist Movement Transportation/Communication Sectionalism/Nationalism State vs. Federal Power

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As a young nation, the United States experienced:

  1. Tremendous geographical growth
  2. Dramatic changes in transportation and communication
  3. Powerful reform efforts to address slavery and other aspects of society
  4. Rising regional tensions, especially between the South and the North
  5. Continued Debate over the most effective balance between state government vs. national government

US Westward Movement, Sectionalism and Nationalism