The Civil War and the Origins of the Colorado Territory

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We commonly acknowledge that the extension of slavery into the West was a primary cause of the Civil War. Yet we tend to treat these two mid-nineteenth-century narratives as geographically distinct: a battle over slavery engulfs the East while mineral rushes and migration transform the West. Here we explore the creation of the Colorado Territory as an outgrowth of both of these developments, as well as the shifting conception of American geography in the 1850s.


Civil War and Reconstruction West

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