Positives And Negitives Of The American Civilization Udruing The Early 18th Century

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The late 18 century and the initial 19th century where portrayed by a great deal of change. There were bountiful reasons to enjoy being in America. Nevertheless there were numerous reasons to be afraid of what the country can do or what would happen to the country.

One of the many complications with the American society during the time period was an extremely depleted military. During the War of 1812, the Americans were spread very thin due to their many fronts that the war was fought on. During the war the troops for the American army increased almost 80 percent. This allowed the British to come in by sea and burn down the capital of Washington DC. They used their strong navy to ...view middle of the document...

In document 2 president Madison expresses his concern with this way of running the country. He says "Whenever, therefore an interest or common unites a majority, what is to them from unjust violations of the rights and interests of the minority?"(doc 2). This is true even to this day, with the gruesome amount of political corruption in today's government. The big money people with money to spend are tempting the state and national representatives to make their decisions for them reasons, not what is good for the people. Its not talked about in the media, but it happens. The majority are leading and when you get the votes, the majority always wins and the losers are disappointed, but what is that is a horrible decision? that's what the checks and balances of the U.S. government are for. Checks and balances are when in the government one branch of the government has the power to fix major issues that arise with decisions made. One of these would be the presidents veto power. This is even said in document 1 when John Adams had a meeting with a foreign ambassador. The ambassador thought he was tied to the British being tempted and bought again. Even though he was still an unbought, great representative, some people are still suspicious.

The final downfall of the American society at this time is the uncontrolled use of slavery in the south. In document 6 it shows the white workers doing nothing and just sitting taking a break in the barn. The slaves are working extremely hard to put the hay on the boat. It's hard to imagine with the societal change that has occurred within the last 200 years. The slaves during this time period were beaten and the white workers didn't have to do anything except to watch the slaves. They were allowed to beat the slaves and do whatever they wanted to almost. This would give the slaves horrible scars, the pictures are extremely gruesome. It's unbelievable that a man could do something as horrible back to the man of a different color skin. The original colony failed a few times, but then the use of slavery helped the new colony grow crops which lead them to in turn to succeed. In addition, Eli Whitney's invention the cotton gin lead to a dramatic rise in the need of slavery. The jin allowed to take the seeds out of the cotton without the need of men to do so. So cotton was produced much faster, more cotton was needed to be picked to process at this new and improved rate to keep the jin running. Therefor field slavery dramatically increased.

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