Here is the topic for the paper: Discuss the importance of westward expansion since 1800.  What were some of the key land acquisitions, and how was expansion carried out?  What was federal policy towards Native Americans and Mexico, and how did it factor into expansion?  What role did the West play in the coming of the Civil War? Finally, what ideological concepts were associated with expansion, and how did they shape American identity in the antebellum era?


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