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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.

    Audio Buchanan Considered One of the Worst US Presidents

    Buchanan was the last president before the North and South divided into civil war.

    Audio James Buchanan Wins Election of 1856

    The Democratic Party denies President Franklin Pierce the nomination and defeats two new opposition parties.

    Audio Kansas Struggle over Slavery Turns Violent

    In the middle of the 1850s, the United States was again struggling with the issue of slavery. The dispute centered increasingly on Kansas, a territory in the middle of the country. | The making of a Nation - Program No. 63

    Audio Kansas-Nebraska Act Raises Slavery Issue Once Again

    President Franklin Pierce Signed the Act into Law. The measure split the large Nebraska area into two territories: Nebraska and Kansas. | The Making of a Nation

    Audio Franklin Pierce Struggles to Unite Democratic Party

    In 1853, the new president had to choose between two policies on slavery. One would lead to a fight with extremists. The other would bring them into his administration. | The Making of a Nation No. 61

    Audio American Slaves Resist, Rebel, Escape

    In the 1800s, slavery was legal, and protected by laws, in the southern US states. Many slaves, however, risked their lives to escape, including by the Underground Railroad. | The Making of a Nation - Program No.60

    Audio President Fillmore Signs Compromise of 1850

    Many people believed the problem of slavery had been solved and the Union was saved. Others, though, believed the problem only had been postponed. | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 59

    Audio Calhoun: The South Asks for Justice, Simple Justice

    The Compromise of 1850 sought to save the union and prevent civil war. Join us as the story continues with Part Two. Learn about American History as you practice your American English | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 58

    Audio 1850 Compromise on Slavery Aims to Save Union

    Kentucky Senator Henry Clay offered a plan to keep the union together. "Life itself is but a compromise between death and life," he said | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 57

    Audio Polk Succeeded by 'Old Zach' in 1848 Election

    Polk had succeeded in expanding the United States. He had added Oregon, California, Texas, and New Mexico to the country. Zachary Taylor, the new president struggles with a country divided over the issue of slavery | The Making of a Nation - Program No.56

    Audio Polk Sends Troops to Mexican Border

    In 1846, President James Polk thought that force was the only way to make the Mexicans negotiate the sale of Texas. Polk also wanted to secure the Oregon Territory and California for the United States. The result was war | The Making of a Nation No.55

    Audio Texas Statehood is the Main Issue in 1844 Campaign

    President John Tyler wanted to bring Texas into the Union. But northerners did not want another slave-holding state. It became the major issue in the 1844 election | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 54

    Audio 'Tippecanoe and Tyler Too' Bring Whigs to White House

    President William Henry Harrison dies in 1841, one month into his term, becoming the first American president to die in office. He is succeeded by his vice president John Tyler | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 53

    Audio Supreme Court Rules in Amistad Slave Ship Case

    The Amistad case brought attention once again to the issue of slavery in the United States. At the time, slavery was legal and an important part of the country’s economy. But the U.S. - and several European countries - had banned the international slave trade | The Making of a Nation Program No.52

    Audio Abolitionists, Amistad Raise Slavery Issue

    In the 1830s, abolitionists campaigned to end slavery, but most Americans did not want to hear their message. Then something strange happened | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 51

    Audio Whigs See Chance to Defeat Van Buren

    Martin Van Buren was a skilled, political innovator. But in 1840, the opposition party used his own techniques against him. The Whigs nominated a military hero they believed the people would love, General William Henry Harrison. | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 50

    Audio 1837 Brings New President, Economic Crisis

    Shortly after Martin Van Buren took office, the US was in a serious economic crisis. The new president said "over-banking and over-trading" caused the crisis. Business owners said the government was to blame | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 49

    Audio Andrew Jackson Leaves Office; Van Buren Becomes President

    The People's President, King Andrew, or Jackson the Devil? It all depended on which group one asked. Jackson's legacy lived on with the election of his vice president and political ally, Martin Van Buren | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 48

    Audio 'Remember the Alamo!' Rallies Texans to Battle

    The battle for the Texas fort known as The Alamo was a major event during Andrew Jackson's second term as president | The Making of a Nation - Program No.47

    Audio Andrew Jackson Takes on the Bank of the US

    Andrew Jackson vetoed the charter of the Bank of the United States. Jackson criticized the bank in each of his yearly messages to Congress. He said the Bank of the United States was dangerous to the liberty of the people | The Making of a Nation - Program No. 46

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