A Digital History of the Early Republic 

Union to Disunion offers visitors a unique digital experience to learn and analyze the momentous events, themes, and movements of the Early National and Jacksonian periods in US history, decades during which America underwent rapid expansion geographically and economically. That rapid growth fueled deep divisions over gender, race, ethnicity, economics, and politics. Often seen as an interregnum between the Revolution and the Civil War, the period is better viewed as the time that Americans more firmly established democracy and individualism as the cornerstones of the Republic.

Exhibits engage with key events and themes in the nation’s early political, economic, and social history. These include: debates over the definition of citizenship, the emergence of political parties, the War of 1812, the rise of capitalism, the expansion of slavery, the early labor movement, the expansion of democracy, Indian removal, changing ideas of gender, religious ferment, antislavery, sectionalism, westward migration, the Mexican War, and the Compromise of 1850.  Please explore the site for more information.

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