Norma Jean Lutz, "Chelsea House Publications".
Publisher: Chelsea House Publications | ISBN: 079105540X | 2000 edition | PDF | 64 Pages | 1.94 MB
The United States that existed in the 1850s was a nation united in name only. By then, disputes over many issues bitterly divided America. The nation had not yet celebrated 100 years of independence, and the guiding principles of government that were once so clearly defi ned had withered in the face of new issues that claimed the public’s attention. These controversies would soon plunge the nation into civil war. The chaos that marked America at this period in its history is often attributed to a single subject: slavery. Slavery certainly was at the forefront of the national debate, particularly as new states joined the union and western territories were opened up for settlement.