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The Battle Over Slavery propaganda Adolf was a major issue during the mid-1800s As the nation expanded the controversy over slavery grew as well The Souths agricultural based economy and the Norths ever growing slave conspiracy theories sparked tension on both sides Politics would further divide the already very different areas The events and undertones of the mid-1800s would foreshadow the Civil War The countrys eyes looked west as farming and industry took over More land was needed because of overpopulated factory towns and the Souths prosperous agriculture More than four million slaves lived in the South comprising about a third of the regions population and forming the backbone of its economy The American Civil War592 The profits of the Souths biggest commodities cotton and rice vastly depended on cheap labor because of the long hours of work in the fields and the many months of planting cultivation and harvesting The Texas War of Independence from Mexico triggered anger between the Unites States and Mexico and border disputes arose The United States claimed the Rio Grande as the border and Mexico claimed it was the Nueces River Also the border between the US and Mexico represented the greatest division between the standards of living in neighboring countries Readers Companion724 The vast differences in the two cultures led many Americans to reconsider the impending war The US eventually gained the Southwest which includes most of California New Mexico Arizona and Utah Also the idea of Manifest Destiny that it was Americas obvious and God-given right to expand to the Pacific Ocean along with the new territories gained from Mexico made Americans more and more eager to move west Gold being discovered in the Sacramento Valley of California was the trigger they needed and thousands of men flooded west in hopes of striking it rich this period in the late 1840s became known as the Gold Rush Very
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