United States History
Westward Expansion and Regional Differences
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"GO WEST, YOUNG MAN, AND GROW UP WITH THE COUNTRY," John Soule, 1851
The War of 1812 was, in a sense, a second war of independence, for before that time the United States had not been accorded equality in the family of nations. With its conclusion, many of the serious difficulties that the young republic had faced since the Revolution now disappeared. National union under the Constitution brought a balance between liberty and order. With a low national debt and a continent awaiting exploration, the prospect of peace, prosperity and social progress opened before the nation.
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