America 1815-1830


History of America 1815-1830



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Perspective


The history of America 1815-1830 focuses on the Federalists, who had been strongly opposed to the war with Britain. At their Hartford Convention in 1814, they had considered demanding the secession of the New England states in protest. But the American victory at New Orleans ruined their prestige and marginalized them as a political party. With the collapse of the Federalist Party, President James Monroe ushered in an Era of Good Feelings marked by a notable absence of political rancor.

The designation of the period by historians as one of good feelings is often conveyed with irony or skepticism, as the history of the era was one in which the political atmosphere was strained and divisive, especially among factions within the Monroe administration and the Democratic-Republican Party.

The Era of Good Feelings marked a period in the political history of the United States that reflected a sense of national purpose and a desire for unity among Americans in the aftermath of the War of 1812. The era saw the collapse of the Federalist Party and an end to the bitter partisan disputes between it and the dominant Democratic-Republican Party during the First Party System. President James Monroe strove to downplay partisan affiliation in making his nominations, with the ultimate goal of national unity and eliminating political parties altogether from national politics. The period is so closely associated with Monroe’s presidency (1817–1825) and his administrative goals that his name and the era are virtually synonymous.

During and after the 1824 presidential election, the Democratic-Republican Party split between supporters and opponents of Jacksonian Democracy, leading to the Second Party System.

The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 was adopted in response to American fears over the attempt of Russia and France to expand into the Western Hemisphere, and it demanded that European powers cease their interference in the Americas.


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Index

1815-1830 Index | Society | Culture: Literature: Antebellum South | Power: GovernanceCourts: John Marshall: Interstate Commerce Tribes | James Monroe: Foreign AffairsEra of Good Feelings | John Quincy Adams | Andrew Jackson: Jacksonian DemocracyExpanding Electorate Nullification CrisisBank WarWebster-Hayne Debate Indian Removal Five Civilized TribesTrail of TearsBlack Hawk War Seminole Tribe | Sectionalism: Missouri CompromiseOld NorthwestThe SouthWestward Surge | Economy: Agriculture: Markets | Growth | Industry | Infrastructure: CanalsRailroadsSteamboats | Economy: Old Northwest


Society

1815-1830: Index

Culture: Literature

Literature: Antebellum South

Power

Power: Governance

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Courts: John Marshall

John Marshall: Interstate Commerce

John Marshall: Tribes

James Monroe

James Monroe: Foreign Affairs

James Monroe: Era of Good Feelings

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John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson

Governance: Jacksonian Democracy

Governance: Expanding Electorate

Governance: Nullification Crisis

Governance: Bank War

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Governance: Webster-Hayne Debate

Governance: Indian Removal

Indian Removal: Five Civilized Tribes

Indian Removal: Trail of Tears

Indian Removal: Black Hawk War

Indian Removal: Seminole Tribe

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Power: Sectionalism

Sectionalism: Missouri Compromise

Sectionalism: Old Northwest

Sectionalism: The South

Westward Surge

Economy

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Economy: Agriculture

Agriculture: Markets

Economy: Growth

Economy: Industry

Economy: Infrastructure

Infrastructure: Canals

Infrastructure: Railroads

Infrastructure: Steamboats

Economy: Old Northwest

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