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After a review of United States history from 1789 to 1975 I have identified what I believe are the sixteen most significant events of that time period The attached sheet identifies the events and places them in brackets by time period The following discussion provides my reasoning for selecting each of the events and my opinion as to their relative importance in contrast to each other Finally I have concluded that of the sixteen events the Civil War had the most significant impact on the history of the time period in which it occurred and remains the most significant event in American history The discussion begins with bracket I covering the period from 1789-1850 and pairs the number one seed in the bracket Mexican-American War against the fourth seed Louisiana Purchase The second seed in the bracket Marbury v Madison is paired against the third seed Monroe Doctrine The purchase of Louisiana from France in 1803 was the most popular and momentous event of the Jefferson presidency It had several significant economic and political implications on this period in history From an economic perspective it doubled the size of the United States at a price of only fifteen million dollars It allowed settlement beyond the Mississippi River in a territory that was rich in minerals and natural resources It eliminated the United States long struggle for control of the Mississippi River and its outlet to the sea and as Jefferson stated it freed America from European influence at its borders In addition to these economic implications the purchase also had historic political implications The acquisition took place at a time when the government was still exploring the powers that the Constitution had granted it Jefferson himself carefully deliberated whether the Constitution granted him the right to acquire territory for the purpose of expandi the Union He reflected on the possible need for an amendment to the Constitution to justify
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