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    History is not a collection of events that somehow just happened. History is all about ideas and how people with different ideas interacted on different levels. As a result new ideas emerged. Ideas that dominated American history until the Civil War included:
    - Enlightenment ideas of liberty & self determination
    - republicanism
    - states rights v. power of the national government
    - sectionalism
    - agrarian economy v. industrialization
    - slavery
    - equality