Reconstruction, westward expansion, and industrialization impacted how Americans viewed themselves and their country. As the United States expanded westward, it had a positive impact on how most Americans viewed themselves and their country. They saw the movement westward as a sign of progress. The United States was spreading its ways and influence, and our citizens were a part of that. People seized opportunities to move to the West to get land and to start new jobs. Many of the people who moved westward became miners, ranchers, or farmers. The people realized that they were somewhat responsible for the growth of the country. Westward expansion had a positive impact on how Americans viewed themselves and the country.
Industrialization also positively impacted how Americans viewed themselves and the country. In part because of all the westward movement, industries grew. People in the West needed products, and industries provided those products. Some industries expanded their operations into the different areas of the West. Americans felt proud of the ingenuity of our people that helped make the expansion of the country and the growth of the West possible. People realized they had a role in the development of and the growth of our industries. They viewed themselves in a positive manner because of this feeling.
Reconstruction also impacted our country and our people. While many southerners resented Reconstruction, they also saw how the reconstruction process helped themselves and their country. The South became less dependent on farming as more industries grew in the South. The people were proud that they were part of this transformation. They felt a sense of accomplishment that our country was able to move beyond this difficult time in our history. It showed the people that our country’s system of democracy could solve difficult problems.
Overall, industrialization, westward expansion, and Reconstruction helped Americans view themselves and their country in a positive manner.