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It is the intent of this paper to prove that the American Dream canbest be explained as a ciity upon a hill Ciity upon a hill meaningbeing above and superior over those below The Civil War the imperialisticrace of the 19th century the Korean War the KKK and the Gulf War are allexamples of the American Dream of superiority playing a part in AmericanHistory Each American has a different idea of this superiority butnonetheless strive to achieve it whatever it may be in The Civil War which split the United States was a clash of twoaspects of approaching the American Dream in a young America Both sidesfelt their ideas and philosophies were superior to those of the opposingside and therefore would benefit the country more and make it superiorBoth North and South wanted to better the country to have it achieve theAmerican Dream Unfortunately each side had a different perspective onhow to approach it Slavery was a major issue the North against theSouth pro The disagreement on slavery lead to difficulty in the issue ofWestward expansion Both agreed to it but whether to admit them as freeor slave states was where the split occurred The compromise of 1850stated that California enters free and New Mexico and Utah decided ontheir own which is giving them more state rights in which the South heavilysupported This compromise did not satisfy each side fully The issue ofState rights intensified by the issue of slavery because the Southernstates felt they had the right to decide on their own about Slavery withoutFederal intervention It seems the Southern states felt that the Americandream was out of their reach because they felt powerless and inferior withthe Central government When the American revolution was fought to breakfrom Britain the Southern States thought they would be treated assovereign and free With the States limited power they felt as if theFederal government would become a monarchy The Northern States wanted theAmerican dream achieved for
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