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The American Dream can best be defined as a city upon a hill City upon a hill can be defined as an ideology based on the premise that the individuals loyalty and devotion to the nation-state surpass other individual or group interests1 or in simpler terms being superior over other nations The Civil War the Imperialistic Race of the 19th Century the Korean War the Klu Klux Klan KKK and the Gulf War are all examples of the American Dream of superiority and how it has played a major part in Americas history Each American has a different idea of superiority but never the less strive to achieve it whatever it may be in Americans have developed a very deep sense of their own superiority as a nation whether it is in political social or economic organizations This pride in the American nation was based on a feeling that the national characteristics of Americans were somehow superior to all other nations The Civil War which split the United States was two different view points of gaining the American Dream in a new America Both sides North and South felt their ideas and philosophies were superior to those of the opposing side and therefore would benefit the country better and make it superior Both North and South wanted to improve their country to have it reach the American Dream Slavery was one of the most important issues the North against the South pro-slavery The disagreement on slavery lead to difficulty in the concern of Westward expansion The compromise of 1850 stated that California enters free and New Mexico and Utah decided on their own which is giving them more state rights in which the South heavily supported This compromise did not satisfy each side fully The issue of State rights intensified by the issue of slavery because the Southern states felt they had the right to decide on their own about Slavery without Federal intervention2 It
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