Summarize the contributions of each, North, South, West to the outcome and legacy of the Civil War.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com July 19, 2018, 8:01 am ad1c9bdddf
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Contributions of each, North, South, West to the outcome and legacy of the Civil War
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?After the civil war, 'West' was considered to be the territory west of the Missouri River which were defined primarily due to the transformation and the new processes that the civil war brought about. One can even say that it was because of the civil war that the 'West' came into being.
?Before the civil war, this area west of the Missouri River was primarily Indian Territory since they were the main inhabitants of this uncontrolled land. There were repeated attempts to conquer this land and the two empires were constantly fighting each other.
?This was nothing new. In attempts to conquer the land from the Atlantic to the Pacific (Manifest Destiny), Americans had been regularly dispossessing its former population long before they reached the West. But, after the civil war, they had achieved military, political, economic and technological changes. Because of these changes, the West evolved differently from lands east of the Missouri River.
?There was no stopping the westward expansion after the civil war. There remained controversies over the admission of Missouri as a state, the annexation of Texas, and the organization of Kansas as a territory. The civil war would bring about this expansion single handedly and the South would lose the 'West' hopelessly to the North.
?The civil war is also responsible for the expansion of federal power in the West. The federal government controlled most of the West's lands and produced federal bureaucracies.
?Because of the federal power, the West developed fast. Since market connections were directly linked to rivers and canals, it opened the West to new economies. Settlement followed and so did connections to national and international markets. Federally funded railroads contributed to the 'Gold Rush'.
?At the end of the civil war, most of the railroads were north and east of the Mississippi; none of them crossed the West. The Central Pacific was chartered by Congress, through the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, to build a section of the first transcontinental line, starting in Sacramento and extending eastward.
?There was continuation cultivation in the West, mainly from Indian and Mexican American. The increasing migration brought commercial farmers who came in on railroads. A prime commercial and increasingly industrial society formed, and the West was a place of large and powerful corporations. There was nothing that came this close in the East.
?The United States, had, claimed practically this entire region since the Mexican War, but most of it had remained Indian Country beyond and only slightly connected with national or international markets. All this had changed by the turn of the twentieth century. American advantages in numbers, equipment, and logistics put persistent pressure on the Indians.
?The economy in the West was based primarily on mining, fishing, and logging or on agriculture and ranching. Outside of the Great Plains, it was more urban. Immigration from China, and later Japan and Mexico led to demonization of the Chinese and Japanese.
?During the Second World War, the West acquired a shipbuilding industry, and its infant aircraft industry expanded enormously to support the war efforts of the United States.
?A large-scale African American migration from the South to Northern industrial cities came to the ...
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