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The Westward Expansion was created because people moved to one spot to be able to create a state. The Civil War was created by the industrial north and the less populated agrarian south fought over state's rights issues, tariffs, and lopsided northern representation in Congress. Slavery was a very minor issue at the time. So what led to the Westward Movement of the Civil War? Unemployment and a largely destroyed South (homes, cities, bridges, downtown buildings, railroads, farms, and families) Primarily Southerners headed west, to begin new lives, in a new land.

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Consisted by thirteen states, the Westward Expansion was when people started moving to the west of the country because they were trying to make the territories a state and they needed a certain number of people to be able to become a state.

sectionalism was a big contributor because the north south and west were so different economically. therefore there was a struggle for power between these groups. there was also a balance of power in the legislative branch between slave and free states that each side was continuously trying to overcome by gaining more states of their orientation. a good example for this is the Kansas-Nebraska act and bleeding Kansas where whether Kansas would be slave or free would be left up to popular sovereignty and hordes of both free-soilers and slavery supporters came into Kansas to vote for their side and eventually ended up in bloodshed. also the southern landowners were mostly tobacco or cotton farmers and these crops were very labor intensive and depleted the soil very quickly. these large plantation owners were the ones with the most slaves and so they wanted to expand westward to get more land to grow their crops, but to continue making the same profits they were they needed free labor, slavery.

all this power struggle led to the south wanting to succeed from the union.

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It caused many debates related to slavery.

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it created sectional tension because they the north wanted each state which entered the union to be anti-slavery, and the south wanted it to be pro-slavery

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