The Era of good feelingsBy Albert Levine (Period 2)
What did it mean to be an american in the 1800’s?
Well it was considered the era of good feelings.
Art and Music was blooming and Capitalism was
Beginning to form around the country. Also nationalism was also being worked on. However you could argue it wasn’t the era of good feelings from a slave’s point of view. What WAS the era of good feelings? Personally, I think the Era of Good Feelings was an amazing time. Art, Literature, and Music was forming all around!
In the early 1800’s there were many types of Art. Ordinary people created folk art, such as sewing quilts and making hunting decoys. However more experience artists made portraits, and actually made a living off of them. One widely known artist at the time was Gilbert Stuart. In fact, the picture of George Washington on the dollar bill was adapted from one of his paintings. Some artists made paintings of nature and birds. John James Audubon was amazingly detailed and was very good at depicting and painting birds. "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." -Scott Adams
Music in the 1800’s was quite interesting. Before the 1800’s most music originated from churches. However, folk and spiritual music was blooming faster than ever! Orchestras played European music in the North, and in the South, African Americans made and sung spiritual songs. Some white settlers from the south actually combined the two of these music forms to create a type of music called “Minstrel Songs” "I've never set out consciously to write American music. I don't know what that would be unless the obvious Appalachian folk references."-Carlisle Floyd
Literature in the 1800’s was just getting started! One of the United States’ first novelists was James Fenimore Cooper. He wrote stories about the wilderness and adventures of settlers. Some of the books he wrote were The Pioneers and The Last of the Mohicans. Davy Crockett also told tales about being a hunter, soldier, scout, and explorer. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow also wrote about poems. He himself was a poet. He focused on more patriotic themes. "Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself." -Samuel Butler
Politics was also forming and taking shape in numerous ways in the 1800’s. Henry Clay was an interesting speaker and thought that the future of America should expand in Capitalism. He also believed in the american system, one of the larger known economic plans. Another figure, John C Calhoun, supported a permanent road system and the national bank. John Marshall also wrote some very important court decisions in the US. They strengthened the role of the supreme court itself. "National politics and elections are dominated by emotions, by lack of self-confidence, by fear of the other, by insecurity, by infection of the body politic by the virus of victimhood." -Tariq Ramadan
However, some people might consider this era the era of not good feelings. Slaves were beaten, harassed, and mistreaten in a numerous amount of ways. The only counted as 3/5 of a person. Women were also mistreated poorly too. It was hard fro them to get jobs and shared more rights as a slave then they did to a white man. If you were a white man in the early 1800's, you were living the dream.
In conclusion, the Era of Good feelings was really an era of good feelings. Sure, women and slaves had their similarities like not being able to do certain things. White men and settlers loved it though! Art, Literature, and Music started blossoming all over the nation!
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