How sectionally divided was the USA in 1850?Key questions considered: What is ‘sectionalism’? How divided were North and South by 1850? What were the reasons for sectional divisions by 1850? Content covers: Economic, social/cultural and political differences between North and South. Impact of Westward Expansion, breakdown of Missouri Compromise, slavery. The origins of 1850 compromise (war with Mexico & aftermath) the crisis & the nature of the settlement. Analysis: Situation by end of 1850, winners and losers, extent of sectional tensions, legacy.
Professor Richard Carwardine