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We the People Declaring our independence from the British Crown was only the beginning of our development of becoming a successful and independent and free nation It marked the need to create a sound national government under a new constitution that would be strong enough to rule the nation Between the American Revolution and the Civil war many changes took place in American society The development of the market economy in the North and South the population growth that resulted from the new economy and the movement westward to acquire land and wealth marked important changes in the early progress of our nation Though we were proven successful in establishing ourselves as a nation it was often a brutal process involving much blood shed and followed in the footsteps of our earlier history of taking what we wanted by force In the early 1800s we encroached on the land that belonged to the Indians and took their land through a process we called Indian removal In the mid-1800s we encroached on the land to the West that belonged to the Mexicans However by 1848 we had conquered the continental United States and the groundwork of our nation was set The first step in forming our nation was the adoption of the constitution in 1787 which was in many ways a work of creative genius With its adoption all states were now one national government and our republic was formed Though the constitution is a very general statement it allows us to continually develop our nation through political and social negotiations We can grow in to it as our country grows In the early 1800s as American cities grew the nature of work and society changed There were two different social and economic systems growing at the same time In the South society was based on agriculture farming and cotton Cotton was the most abundant crop coming out of the South and it represented
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