Transformation Of American Society

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Transformation of American Society Between the years of 1820 and 1860 the American society transformed. These changesdid not present themself without hardships because they wer both economic and soical changes. just like any other changesthese changes had its ups and downs.

one major and noticeable change was the westward expansion. This westward expansion is the movement of Americans westward across the Appalachian mountains. The expansion caused problems between white Americans and Native Americans. the white Americans wanted the land already being occupied by the native Americans. Majority of the Native Americans did not voluntarily movewest but were rather forced to do so. The Trail of Tears is what this movement became known as. Not only were Native Americans forced to move to a new home they were placed in reservations. This was the result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. A treaty was signed that allowed the purchase of the Native American land for just 5.6

million dollars. This is the treaty of New Echota.

These changes were made but with it came a price. it also posed moral and spiritual challenges. all the changes threatened unspoiled nature. As the saying goes, "if you tak you must give back."