Immigration Dbq Essay

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During period 4, Thomas Jefferson was elected president from 1801 to 1809. Thomas Jefferson had the idealistic view of an agrarian republic, in which yeoman farmers would constitute the republic. However, this plan failed to flourish, due to the negative consequences of expansion: environmental damage, the growth of slavery, and harm to Native Americans. Also in 1801, migration changed when it became illegal to import Africans as slaves. Slave labor now was limited to the slaves that were in the U.S. at the time. Industries in the United States grew with the Transportation Revolution that fostered the creation of railroads, canals, and other transportation systems. These transportation systems were built primarily by the Irish, rather than slaves, because the Irish were viewed to have no value, whereas the slaves had value. Immigration to North America now included the Irish also as a result of the Potato Famine in Ireland. Germans also came to America, and received a better reaction than other groups of immigrants because they were Puritans with good work ethics, and would become business owners or migrate to the Great Lakes, rather than remaining in the densely populated cities. However, while the government welcomed the Scots and the Irish to immigrate to North America, they did not receive better …show more content…

O’Sullivan claimed that the internal migration was inspired and intended by God. This idea fostered the removal of Native Americans from their lands, and would be a factor that led to the Mexican-American war from 1846 to 1848, which took place primarily in Mexico. At the conclusion of the war, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo established the Rio Grande river as the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and Mexico recognized the U.S. annexation of Texas, and sold territory north of the Rio Grande river, including California, to the

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