Unit 3: Spanning a Continent | American Republic

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Chapter 12: Changing American Life


Communication and Industry


Sea Trade

Reform Movements

   Unitarianism and Transcendentalism

   The Great Awakening

   The College Revivals and Education

   Abolition and the Question of Slavery (note: see also chapter 14 for more web links concerning abolition at the time of the Secessionist War)

  • Richard FurmanExposition of the Views of the Baptists, Relative to the Coloured Population in the United States, In a Communication to the Governor of South-Carolina (May 28, 1823, pub. Charleston, 1838)
  • John C. Calhoun—“Slavery a Positive Good” (Feb. 6, 1837)
  • Theodore Parker—“To a Southern Slaveholder” (Feb. 2, 1848)

   Women's rights

Chapter 13: Westward Expansion

Western trails

Texas Independence


(Disclaimer: some of these secondary sources are written from a favorable, Mormon view on Smith)

The Mexican War

Sectional Rivalry and antebellum society



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