The Antebellum Period

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Missouri, Slave or Free?

Over the question of whether Missouri should be admitted to the Union as a free or slave state in 1820, creative moderates brokered an ingenious compromise that averted civil war

De Tocqueville's Message for America

The French aristocrat's observations of American scoiety are as relevant today as they were when first written

Erie Canal: “Little Short of Madness”

A bold dream to connect the Hudson to the Great Lakes by canal created a transportation revolution

Jackson's Fight with the Money Power

The third in a series on TIMES OF TRIAL IN AMERICAN STATECRAFT

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Fremont Steals California

A junior Army officer, acting on secret orders from the president, bluffed a far stronger Mexican force into conceding North America's westernmost province to the United States

Where Would Emerson Find His Scholar Now?

His speech was called "our intellectual Declaration of Independence." Its theme was the universe itself; its hero, Man Thinking. Now, one hundred and seventy-five years later, a noted scholar sees Emerson's great vision as both more beleaguered and more urgent than ever.

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