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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

The Union Broken (1850-1861)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Describe the changes in the economy in the 1850s and indicate how they contributed to the sectional conflict.

Discuss the impact of immigration on American society and politics in this period.

Trace how and why the second party system collapsed, to be replaced by a sectional alignment.

Discuss the rise of the Republican party to national power.

Describe the events during Buchanan's administration and indicate how they heightened the sectional conflict.

Give the reasons for southern secession and the outbreak of war.