1.What might Lafayette have seen in 1824 America that would impel him to make such a statement? How had slavery evolved? Was it expanding? How entrenched in American life was it at this time? 2. Explain how improvements in transportation and communication made possible the rise of the West as a powerful, self-conscious region of the new nation. Discuss the internal borderlands within the West. 3. Discuss the impact of the market revolution on women and African-Americans (both free and slave). U.S. History

  1. The Marquis de Lafayette, who fought for American independence and revisited the United States fifty years later, wrote, “I would never have drawn my sword in the cause of America if I could have conceived that thereby I was founding a land of slavery.” What might Lafayette have seen in 1824 America that would impel him to make such a statement? What had happened to slavery? Is it growing? What was its impact on American society at the time?
    2. Discuss how transportation and communication improvements made it possible for the West to rise as an independent, powerful region. The West’s internal borders are discussed.
    3. The impact of the Market Revolution on African-American Women (free and slave) is discussed.


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The Marquis de Lafayette was a French general, who led American forces during the American Revolutionary War. He then retired to France. Lafayette was invited by President Monroe and US Congress to return to the United States in 1824 for the 50th anniversary of his country (DE LAFAYETTE 2018). Lafayette was only 19 when he arrived in America. He had no military experience and wasn’t even a veteran. King Louis XVI was not keen to disturb Great Britain and ordered that Lafayette not cross the Atlantic to support the rebellious Americans in 1777. Napoleon Bonaparte gave Lafayette pardon, which allowed him to rejoin France in 1800. In spite of his many successes, he continued fighting for rights and freedoms throughout the years (Bowers 2019). He was shocked to discover that slavery continued in the United States, even though he had witnessed it himself (Maass – 2020). Lafayette traveled for 13 months to return to the United States, stopping in 24 different states along with approximately 5,000 miles. Cont…


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