Sectionalism In The 19th Century

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The nineteenth century began a period of unprecedented sectionalism fueled by Manifest Destiny. Westward expansion elevated detrimental sectional tensions between the North and South due to the Missouri Compromise, the annexation of Texas, and the Mexican-American War. The Missouri Compromise allowed for Missouri to enter the union, but established Maine to offset this. The annexation of Texas added another slave state to America, disrupting the balance in Congress. The Mexican-American Leading up to Missouri’s attempt to enter the Union, slave states disagreements were becoming apparent in American society. These state boundary disputes strained the relationship between Northern and Southern states. Northerners believed that Missouri,