The article from 1873 shows that the state was trying to curb the probability of railroad monopolies, while not everyone supported it.1 So then when the state government did pass a piece of legislation that limited the prices that railroad companies could charge2, those with personal financial interest in the railroads were highly against the bill. The antagonists of the bill, particularly those who were stockholders, then voted to back their company in opposing the legislation3, to the point of legal action in hopes to slow the bill and give it reason to be looked at in federal courts, as it then became a question of constitutionality of the bill.4 Together, these sources answer the question that the railroads were heavily contested, with two very different sides. One there was the state and those who were concerned with the railroads getting too large and potentially forming monopolies; on the other there is those who support the railroads, weather for economic or personal reasons. While these sources do not show the final outcome of the dispute, they do confirm that the Wisconsin Railroad wars were a real thing, even receiving national attention.
Reconstruction in 1865 through 1877 was terminated by Southern men due to their lack of acceptance of African Americans in restricting their political rights, not following the North’s precedence of equality, and the assassination of many a men by their ever so popular Klan. Reformation began after the Civil War which was fought over sectional differences and heavy slavery in the South. Southerns had always been pro slavery which contributed to their low treatment of African Americans as a whole. Once the South lost the War they could no longer legally enslave African Americans, but that did not change their persona in the eyes of the rich white men. Equality was a concept for white men according to the South, especially considering that
Many Southerners felt that state governments alone had the right to make important decisions, such as whether slavery should be legal. Advocates of states’ rights believed that the individual state governments had power over the federal government because the states had ratified the Constitution to create the federal government in the first place. Most Southern states eventually seceded from the Union because they felt that secession was the only way to protect their rights. But Abraham Lincoln and many Northerners held that the Union could not be dissolved. The Union victory solidified the federal government’s power over the states and ended the debate over states’
“Buchanan, a Democrat who was morally opposed to slavery but believed it was protected by the U.S. Constitution, was elected”( Source #5)This quote explains how another president had the same mindset of Abraham but still couldn't officially end slavery. ”Taylor entered the White House at a time when the issue of slavery and its extension into the new western territories (including Texas) had caused a major rift between the North and South”(Source #7). This quote quote explains how other presidents made slavery worst. Although having different ideas than other presidents Abrahams’ assassination was unjustified because other American presidents did not make much changes or just made it worst. While Abraham Lincoln made on of the most important decisions by freeing the slaves.
Due to the fact that the South had more of an agricultural economy, the Southerners thought that the states should have the right to decide whether residents could own slaves, rather than the federal government. In 1846 a congressman from Pennsylvania named David Wilmot introduced a bill to the House of Representatives called the Wilmot Proviso. This said slavery would not be allowed in any western territory acquired from Mexico. Of course most of the politicians from the North loved the idea, while the politicians from the South did not. The Missouri Compromise on March 3, 1820 (also called the Compromise of 1820) was the first major legislative compromise that was passed to draw a line between slave and free territory.
Unlike the viewpoint of Americans, Mexicans did not view the annexation of Texas and the Mexican-American War justifiable. Americans did not have the right to invade in Mexico. Many politicians in the United States proclaimed that they should expand their territory by the annexation of Texas and Mexico. Americans justified the annexation with the idea of “Manifest Destiny”, an expression of idealized justification on the part of Americans that they have the God-given right to civilize all the nations.
Equality for African Americans did not get put into place after the Civil War because of Lincoln’s assassination, nobody after him would necessarily support civil rights because they either didn’t support it, or they didn’t want to show they supported it because they would have had a chance of losing office. The South also depended heavily on slave trade; most southerners didn’t just give up their slaves they had already “owned”. The Ku Klux Klan Act was an act
Johnson’s election as Vice President in 1836 was decided in the Senate after twenty-three Virginia electors did not vote for him for personal reasons.” The people wanted to vote for Richard M. Johnson but since the Electoral College did not like him, for personal reasons, the electors decided not to take the people’s opinion and instead they did what they did what they wanted. (Passage 1) “When you vote for your candidate you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors. ” When you are voting for your choice of President you are not directly voting for who you want, so the power of voting is taken from the people and it is given to the Electoral College or electors. Not only does the Electoral College take people’s power away it also makes the place you live in decide if your vote is actually important or
In a letter written by Rafael Antonio Manchola, “they refused to follow our laws, unless it is convenient for them… using their own colonists as judges and practicing their own laws, forgetting that they swore to obey the laws of Mexico.” Manchola was saying that the colonists were disobeying all of their requirements to stay in Texas and practiced, or followed the United States laws. Texas was in the wrong because the colonists knew that they had to follow the rules set by the Mexican government if they came to Texas. The American citizens did not have to come to Texas if they didn’t agree with these terms. According to the document “U.S. Congress Debate on War with Mexico,” by Joshua Giddings, “It has therefore become necessary to extend our dominions into Mexico in order to render slavery secure in Texas.”
Slavery had a lot of complication when dealing with the national and state governments. When we go back to the Declaration of Independence we will notice the great emphasis on equality however this was not a national concept given to all. Slavery was a very controversial issue between the Northern and Southern States and what the Declaration of Independence stood for. While in the Northern part of the nation argued that Slavery was unconstitutional the Southern States fought to say that slaves were not considered people but material possessions
The Mexican Cession of Guadalupe ended the Mexican-American war and was signed on February 2, 1848. The major concession from Mexico in the cession was its exchange of 55% of Mexico's territory (the treaty was signed at Ville de Guadalupe). Once the treaty was signed the U.S. owned more than half of Mexico’s territory. The Mexican cession was huge for both nations, however after the humiliating defeat Mexico forced into civil war and the nation was bankrupt for nearly a century.
In the reading according to, Mary Louise Pratt from Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. “The contact zone which is used to refer to the space of colonial encounter, the space in which people geographically and historically separate come into contact with each other and establish ongoing relations, usually involving condition of coercion, radical inequality, and intractable conflict” (141). In the story entitled “The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt” written by Nequatewa, Edmund I have found three example of the contact zone: 1) According to Nequatewa in “The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt.”
“The Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War” documentary explain how the U.S got involved in a war that was between Spain and Cuba. Cuba wanted their independences from Spain. They wanted to have power over their own government and not stand under Spain which they have been for many decades. President William McKinley didn’t want the U.S to get between the two because he felt the U.S must avoid the temptation of territorial aggression. No everyone felt the same way as him, assistant secretary of the navy Teddy Roosevelt thought that a war with Spain over Cuba would make U.S a world power.
Slavery in Spanish America differed tremendously from the slavery that occurred in other slavery holding countries such as British America. In Spanish America, the colonial governments permitted the use of the practice of manumission. Manumission is the formal emancipation of slaves, in which the slave owner would free their slaves after a period of time. The question though is why would Spanish America allow manumission and what impact did it have on society.