Western Expansion, Manifest Destiny, and the Mexican-American War

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How did westward migration after the Civil War affect the United States? 

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Let's break this down into two significant areas because this is such a vast question. Socially and culturally, this westward migration sparked the "frontiersman" attitude and rejuvenated manifest destiny. Towns and settlements were built, and with them, new religious and cultural centers developed in the west. These new towns developed their own social and cultural characteristics as like-minded people settled together; however, the reverse is true as well. People from a variety of cultures and backgrounds traveled and struggled together on the journey to the west. A lot of these towns became cultural and social melting pots.

Economically, the United States grew through rapid agricultural developments in the west. The transcontinental railroad allowed the country to tap into a vast area that was rich with resources. Precious metal mining, such as gold, boomed during this time period and provided enormous economic growth for the nation. Moreover, the Homestead Act provided an incentive...

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