To be an American in the early 1800s you always thought your country is better and would fight back. If you did not fight back then you are not a true american. If you were american you would are part of a nationalism group. You have pride in America your country. Americans feel happy for America when they were ahead or better than other countries. America was very different from what it is today. Americans lived east of the Mississippi River. To the west of the river lay the great frontier. So life in the the 1800s is a period of time that you had to show and prove your country is better than the others.
Politics during the 1800s are rising, the Federalists against the Anti-Federalists. They competed and debated for control over presidency, Congress, and the states. The federalists were dominant until the 1800s and the Republicans were after the 1800s. They also had split during this time period. James Monroe was the last president to have fought in the American Revolution. Huge crowds greeted him so warmly that a newspaper proclaimed an "Era of Good Feelings". 1814 - The Star Spangled Banner "Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave, O'er the land of the free, and home of the brave!"
Art was also coming to its own in the 1800s. The american people are so busy trying to find their own and unique styles of art. But art isn't a main priority during this time period. Not all artists are professionals. Ordinary people just produced many kinds of folk art. Men carve weather vanes and hunting decoys. Women sew quilts. Untrained artists create signs, murals, and images of national symbols like the American flag. In The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge(1829), Thomas Cole. Like other painters of the Hudson River School, Cole favored grand vistas that celebrated the nation's natural beauty.
Americans' national identity is also expressed through music. During the 1800s music in the United States this is performed and heard mostly in church. In the North, orchestras played classical music from Europe. In the South, slaves combined the hymns of white churchgoers with African musical styles to create spirituals. They also sometimes entertained themselves and sometimes slave owners with folk songs accompanied with beautiful instruments. Popular songs grew, composers answered with a stream of patriotic anthems. " Is should be sorry, If only I entertained them. I wish to make them better"- George F.
Like the painters of the Hudson River school, writers began to use uniquely American subjects and settings. One of the first to achieve literary fame is Washington Irving. Davy Crockett is a real-life frontiersman who spun tall tales about his life as a hunter, scout, soldier, and explorer. In one of his famous tales Davy Crockett described himself as " half-horse, half-alligator." He became a national celebrity, and books bearing his name is the best sellers during this time period. " We study history not to be clever in another time, but to be wise always."- Marcus T.
Women would not call this the Era of Good Feelings because during this time period women weren't treated equally. This wasn't a good time period for slaves. American's believe that there country is better. The national identity was shown in Americans' pride in symbols, such as the White House, the Capitol, and Uncle Sam, and in shared values, such as equality.
In conclusion, The Era of Good feelings is a time period in which Americans' have to prove and show that America is the best country. America now has president Monroe who is going to fight in the American Revolution. He is doing this for America to show that America is in good hands or to prove he cares about America. No one is opposing him so America thinks he is good and strong to run America.
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