American territorial Expansion

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Chapter 20 Essay Skeleton Question: To what extent was American territorial expansion in the 1840s similar to and different from American territorial expansion in the 1890s? Thesis Statement: The 1840s and 1890s saw an expansion of American territory, as a result of several economic, political, and cultural factors. The expansionist movements of the 1840s and 1890s were similar in their justifications, but the arguments against each differed greatly. Topic Sentence #1: Both expansion movements used virtually identical justifications for acquiring lands, but the conditions were radically different. Supporting Sentence A: During the 1840s and 1890s manifest destiny and International Darwinism were used to warrant the expansionist movements of that time. Supporting Sentence B: The expansionist also used the population growth and the close of the frontier to support their intentions on expanding and conquering new territories. Supporting Sentence C: The movement believed that expansion would lead to economic advantages such as trade with Asia from California and trade with new colonies helping business Supporting Sentence D: Another argument expansionist used was that they wanted to prevent other countries from gaining more territories and they also felt the need to rival with the other imperialist countries. Topic Sentence #2: Opponents of expansion in the 1840s didn’t oppose new lands, but opposed the possible spread of slavery in the new territories. Supporting Sentence A: One rationale used to back up the opposition of expansion was that slavery was extensively used by Texas settles and that it was the major source of conflict with Mexico. Supporting Sentence B: They claim that the annexation put off by Jackson and Van Buren were due to concerns of the northwest, therefore, there’s no point in doing it now. Supporting
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