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    What were the major effects of westward expansion after 1840, and how did they contribute to the sectional tensions over slavery?

    Some historians have described the Civil War as the Second American Revolution. What are two elements that would tend to support that description of the war and how did the United States changed because of it?

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    1) There were many significant effects of westward expansion after 1840. Some of the factors were driven by economic reasons (e.g. mining gold and extracting other natural resources), and by the Western "Frontier" mentality at the time. The "conquering" of the American West for economic reasons is a crucial reason why many Americans migrated. Many American viewed the West as a source of economic gain. For instance, in the late nineteenth century, Americans exploited the environment for profit by excavating deep into the earth to remove valuable goods, cut down forests to create towns, dammed rivers and plowed soils with machines to grow crops, and transformed the landscape with railroads in order to carry goods and link American economic markets. All of these changes were significant because it helped to transform the entire American nation, culturally and economically.

    The conquering of the American west was an important state of mind that drove migration to the west. It also helped to JUSTIFY the migration and the unfortunate consequences that came with it. During this time, many Americans, such ...

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    This solution analyzes the reasons for westward expansion in the U.S. after 1840 and ways in which the Civil War was the Second American Revolution