We're in a land of Lincoln

Quillen, Ed
March 2008
High Country News;3/3/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p25
The article reports on the contributions of the late U.S. president Abraham Lincoln on the economic and political development of the Western states. It reveals that the Mexican-American War in 1846-1848 enabled the government to acquire territories which now comprise the northern and western regions. Lincoln has introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Bill of 1854 with the aim of promoting popular sovereignty in the territories which resulted to the formation of the Republican Party. In addition, the establishment of various legislation including the Morrill Act, the Colorado Doctrine of Prior Appropriation and the General Mining Act have played significant role on the growth in the West.


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