Sectionalism Essay Question
The three components of the American System were establishing a new protective tariff, starting a new transportation system and restoring the national bank.
Henry Clay thought that each of these components would strengthen and unify the nation because he thought the American system would unite the nation’s economic resources because the south would grow food and raise animals that the north would eat and in return the south would by the manufactured goods the north made.
And the tariff would help because during the War of 1812 British merchants brought a great deal of products to the United States and sold them at much lower prices than American made goods, so the tariff would raise the prices of the British goods so the American merchants could sell their products at a lower price. Female workers in Lowell, MA can be compared to slaves in the south in many ways but they are also very different.
The conditions that the women in Lowell and slaves had to live in were very unsanitary and unbearable. They were constantly watched as were slaves and they were also forced to go to church.
The Constitutionality of the Missouri Compromise was also questioned in the Dred Scott Decision.
Unlike slaves they were paid, even though they were paid very little because they could do the work of a man but get paid less, they still got paid.
They had choices of what jobs to do where slaves were assigned to certain jobs.
The Compromise of 1850 also arose sectionalism by stating that California would be admitted as a free state.
Of course the Southerners weren t happy with this so Henry Clay proposed several resolutions.