By Jeff Wallenfeldt, Britannica Educational Publishing
The newly reunified usa skilled a tenuous peace following the yank Civil conflict. It was once a interval characterised through nice technological advances, but in addition through elevated political, financial, and social polarization. This penetrating examine American heritage among the Civil warfare and twentieth century contains firsthand debts that show the present ideologies of the time and make clear major humans and occasions.
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The ability of the federal government to borrow huge sums of money at affordable rates in times of emergency—such as during the Civil War and the Great Depression—has been an immense national asset. In large measure we owe that ability to Alexander Hamilton’s policies that were put in place at the dawn of the Republic. ” 4 But many Americans of the day, especially southerners, lacked that historical long view. The Hamilton plan contributed to a growing antagonism and sectional mistrust that would fester dangerously between the regions over the next few decades.
1799 George Washington dies at age sixty-seven on December 14. , in June. The balloting in the December presidential election produces a tie. The contest is sent to the House of Representatives. 1801 After thirty-six ballots, the House chooses Thomas Jefferson as third president of the United States on February 17; Aaron Burr becomes vice president. 1803 Marbury v. ” 1803 The Louisiana Purchase. The United States roughly doubles in size. Under the terms of the purchase, the status of West Florida and Texas is left unclear.
And that’s why, to many in the South and West, Burr’s role in that “famous affair of honor” on July 11, 1804, would have been cause for admiration. Dueling was no disgrace but a badge of honor, and plenty of men carried the scars to prove it. Some, like the future president, Andrew Jackson, had killed men in duels. And for these reasons, along with the fact that Aaron Burr had a reputation as a bona fide hero of the Revolution, the former vice president still possessed a great many friends and admirers.