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How the US Government Became So Big

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Before the Civil War, the US had a very small army, hardly any social safety nets, and no national currency. But with the fight over slavery and the secession of the southern states that would all change.What is the role of the federal government? And how did the Civil War shape so many aspects of the United States government that we take for granted today?

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