Expansion & Pre-Civil War (1815-1860)

Important Dred Scott v. Sandford

Why was the Dred Scott Supreme Court Decision Important?

In the lead up to the American Civil War there were dozens of events that contributed to disunion. Perhaps no event was as important as the Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford in 1857. The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, decided that Dred Scott’s attempt to sue for freedom was …

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Important Wilmot Proviso

Why Was the Wilmot Proviso Important?

As the United States began the Mexican-American War in 1846, the long-suppressed issue over what to do with slavery re-emerged onto the national political scene. Just why was the Wilmot Proviso important regarding the issue of slavery and what controversy did it cause? It was well-known in Congress that territorial acquisition from Mexico was a …

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Who won Lincoln Douglas debates 1858

Who Won the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858?

As the nation hurtled towards disunion in the 1850s, a series of debates by Illinois Senatorial candidates captivated America. Just who won the infamous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 is arguable, though it had great significance in the inevitable march towards the Civil War. By the late 1850s the issue of slavery was at the forefront …

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Important Battle of the Alamo

Why was the Battle of the Alamo Important?

There were many significant moments during the Texas Revolution that have stoked patriotic sentiment in the United States. One must only read a summary of the Battle of the Alamo to know that this was an extremely important event in history. The tale most often told is one of heroes and legends that boldly sacrificed …

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Significance Monroe Doctrine

The Significance of the Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine was one of the most influential policies in United States history. The question of who wrote the Monroe Doctrine can help to explain the significance of the policy and how it shaped the United States. President James Monroe declared the new American foreign policy known as the Monroe Doctrine on December 2nd, …

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Causes Nullification Crisis 1832

The Primary Cause of the Nullification Crisis of 1832

In the leadup to the Civil War there were several events that nearly resulted in the severance of the Union. One of the most significant events was the Nullification Crisis of 1832, the causes of which had been building for decades. The Nullification Crisis of 1832 began when South Carolina’s state legislature “nullified” federal tariffs …

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Significance Election of 1824 Corrupt Bargain

The Significance of the “Corrupt Bargain” Election of 1824

The political history of the United States is littered with contentious presidential elections that inflamed the populace and led to accusations of corruption. Perhaps none is so dubious as the important election of 1824 and so-called “Corrupt Bargain.” The significance of the “Corrupt Bargain” of 1824 is that it helped bring an end to a …

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Goal John Brown Raid Harpers Ferry

The Primary Goal of John Brown’s 1859 Raid at Harpers Ferry

There were many different events that contributed to the American Civil War. John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 is a well known event leading up to the Civil War, but just what was its goal and what exactly did it accomplish? Tensions between the northern and southern states over the issue of slavery …

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Important Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Why Was the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Important?

The concept of Manifest Destiny was deeply ingrained in the American psyche in the early to mid-19th century. This movement would directly lead the US to war with Mexico in 1846. The resulting 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was an important milestone in achieving this “destiny” of sorts for the United States. The United States …

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