In the first decades of the existence of the United States, their citizens resolved real issues. Victory in the Revolution encouraged settlers to move to the frontier, and weakened but did not destroy the power of the Europeans and of the Indians. Developing in the context of Old World rivalries, the country grew as an outlier in the European system in the nineteenth century. In a series of laws, decisions, opportunities, and emergencies, values were spread, and America mixed the expansion of nationality with views of how non-nationals might be dominated.
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