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Unit 5--Late Antebellum Era (1840-1860)

From 1840 to 1860, the United States experienced a surge in western territorial expansion and increasing sectional tensions between the North and South. In the 1840s, Manifest Destiny led the USA to gain Texas and Oregon and a war with Mexico resulting in new territories in the southwest called the Mexican Cession. As western territories grew in population and new states applied for statehood, sectional tensions increased between the North and South. Sectional tensions included issues of regional power in the Senate, the role of the national government over the states, and the growth of slavery. Compromises in 1820, 1833, and 1850 worked temporarily to make peace between North and South, but the emergence of sectional parties (Republicans in the North and Democrats in the South) as a result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 led key Southern states to secede from the Union and start a Civil War in 1861. 

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