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    This 4-page paper discusses growth of the federal government and its powers in the United States. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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    truth is that, even before the American Revolution that led to independence from England, the American continent differed from region to region; differences were apparent even between the states of  Pennsylvania (founded on a land grant to the Penn family) and New York, which began life in the New World as a Dutch colony.  Regions varied in climate, which had an impact on political, societal and economic structures. Perhaps the best example of this is the United States during the 19th century.  The southern states were mostly agrarian, growing cotton and, as such, relied on socio-economic structures to ensure the planting, harvesting, storage and distribution of agricultural goods. This created levels of  society ranging from the landed gentry (which owned the land) to the slaves (which served the landed gentry). The northeast, in the meantime, was the seat of industry; it was  there where the factories produced goods for consumption. The civil war, which took place in the middle of the 19th century, was less about slavery and more about states rights  and their ability to chart their own economic courses. The South lost the war, not so much because it didnt have the weaponry, but because its socio-economic structure made it  difficult for true unity. Plantation owners in Louisiana had little in common with those in South Carolina (the first to state to secede) and no doubt wondered what all the  fuss was about at first. These days, its interesting to note that, though the states are technically "united," there are vast differences  when it comes to social, political and economic policies. This is apparent through legislation; for example, Arizonas controversial SB 1070 (requiring immigrants carry papers) would be unthinkable in more liberal 

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