Thus began the age of Western Expansion, as the US began to expand its boundaries from sea to shining sea, and show the rest of the world the greatness that is the United States. This period is marred with the ominous offenses which were necessary to establish freedom across the country, including the poor treatment of Native Americans, Minorities, and neighboring countries. After a war with Mexico, and bitter arguments with Britain, Spain and France, by the mid 1800's the US was almost complete. However, their attentions now turned to the neglected needs of its people. They had become a people divided, and it was not going to be easy to fix.
American Progress - by John Gast
After the Civil War, the nation entered a great period of growth. The West was populated with the growth of technology, as people were able to travel and communicate over great distances very quickly. Opportunities for lives of prosperity abound in the West. By the turn of the 20th century, the US was a hungry machine, yearning for more. To feed this hunger, the US began to look outside of its own nation, towards the rest of the world. It wanted to become an Imperial power.
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