Written Assignment: Refer to the statement in bold in the last paragraph of the article. Based on readings in class, discussion, and this article explain the difficulties of uniting a country such as the U.S.
The Constitution and the Civil War
In the early 19th century, life across the United States was much different than the world we know today. The states that comprised the United States in the early 19th century were very different in many ways. Their climates, economies, culture, inhabitants, were different. These differences allowed for advantages in a growing nation, but led to many challenges in uniting such diverse states across such a large amount of territory. Industrialization provided some advancement in the form of factories, new products, and the emergence of cities in the developing northern states, but in the southern states, land owners relied on slave labor to work their farms and plantations.
"The task of uniting half a continent under a single government was overwhelming: almost never had it been attempted, as war-torn Europe, a crazy quilt of nation-states, showed." stated W.
Barksdale Waynard, in his book How the Founders Sowed the Seeds of the Civil War. Waynard made a very good point when he stated that the United States covered an expansive amount of land with many unique differences. Essentially, our country expands over half of North America, and uniting the inhabitants under one united government would be a mighty challenge as he compared it to war torn Europe.
The different climate regions in the United States greatly impacted people's way of life. It impacted the inhabitants who lived there, migrated there, or who were forced to be enslaved there. While the North contained the majority of industrial factories and major cities, the South was comprised of plantations and a less...