Expansion & Reform, 1800-1860

Read and Ponder the Fugitive Slave Law, 1850. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

The conflict over slavery, the growth of federal power, and the territorial expansion of the United States figure prominently in the Collection. Thousands of letters, documents, broadsides, and pamphlets focus on slavery and abolition. Other materials in this period cover a wide range of topics including the Bank of the United States, removal of American Indians from tribal lands, the Nullification Crisis, Jacksonian politics, settlement of the Mormons in Utah, the Mexican-American War, and Texas.

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National Expansion & Reform, 1815–1860

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