In this unit, we will study the shaping of our national government, the emergence of political parties, the Republican motherhood, the Second Great Awakening, expansion into the west, growth of slavery, and War of 1812. We will study the crisis of the union, pro-slavery and anti-slavery arguments and conflicts, the Compromise of 1850 and popular sovereignty, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the emergence of the Republican Party, and the Election of 1860. We will also study the Civil War and Reconstruction.