Cory James Young, TAHR Copy Editor, is a History PhD candidate and graduate student worker at Georgetown University. He received his MA at Georgetown and BA at SUNY Geneseo in Western New York. Before moving to D.C., Young taught eighth grade Social Studies and English in his hometown of Pittsford, New York. His research focuses on slavery, abolition, and migration in the northern United States, and his dissertation examines the fates of Central Pennsylvania’s enslaved and slaveholding families in the wake of gradual abolition. He can be followed on Twitter @coryjamesyoung.
Unit 2 adheres chiefly to the traditional narrative of U.S. history, moving from the First Party System through national development before ending with “Manifest Destiny”—a euphemism for colonialism that has long overstayed its welcome yet remains at home here.
In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln tried to calm the fears of his political opponents: “While the people retain their virtue and vigilance no Administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can very seriously injure the Government in the short space of four years.”