Adventures through The American Politics and Culture by olivia franceschi, 2 period

The picture represents the freedom from the newly found Americans.

In the early 1800s, life was slow and full adventures. Their life was slow because of the process of delivery from one point to another. Their life was adventurous because the people were always trying to discover things that were not yet discovered. The people had to wait for their stuff to be transported from one place to another. Life was also very difficult because every land had its own stereotypes. The people were inspired by the founding fathers such as The arts, the music, the literature, and lastly the Politics. To be an american in the early 1800s, was very new to the people. They are still adapting to the new changes such as the culture.

this image represents the making of literature

During my travels I came across the literature. I met many amazing novelists and poets such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Davy Crockett, and lastly Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Washington Irving had many beautiful enchanting stories, his stories instantly because a famous hit. He once told me, "Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them." When he told me this, I had a good idea that he was talking about embracing your mind and not to follow others. James Fenimore Cooper was an incredible person, he was the nation's first novelist. All of his incredible novels told stories of settlers adventures in the wilderness. Next, I met Davy Crockett who was not that famous but his stories were about his life surviving the wilderness. Davy Crockett amazed me because he does not have an education and can't read but he has the abilities to write amazing stories. Lastly when I met Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, he was a poet. There were many different poets who had talent but Henry is the first American Poet who was not only talented but he was serious with his poetry. His poems included many different topics but the big ones was about the patriotic themes he chose. As you can tell all of these people were very important to us. Poetry always had a theame to talk about, for example, The Star Spangled Bannor was a very important piece of literature. Meanwhile, the novels were very important as well top the people.

This picture represents the elegant dances that used to occur.

When I was traveling, I came across many incredible occasions such as ballroom dances. I learned that during the ballroom dances before the 1800s, there was not any music because the music was only played in churches. Some people before my journey would just play their own tunes outside of local places. The songs were all old tunes with new lyrics that they have created. With so much growing prosperity, music became a quick outburst of local activities. I heard so many different types of music from elegant ballroom dancing to music in the north coming from Europe. The women would get so into the movement of the songs that they would lift up their dresses and showed their ankles showing the movement of their footwork which was quite daring. In the south, slaves would have nights where they just danced and combined hymns(which are religious songs that praised to god). The african americans quickly created Spirituals that they dance to. Over all I got to experience all of these religious and fun times with the people. "Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words."

This picture represents the beauty of the artwork that the people painted.

From what I understand, Americans brought European art traditions to their colonies. The people were afraid of embracing themselves with their talent of their art but by the 1800s, they finally started to embrace their national identity by following the skills of themselves. What was very unique to me is that all of the artist painted there own art and no ones art was similar. To begin, here are three famous artist, John James Audubon, Gilbert Stuart, and George Catlin. John James Audubon painted pictures of birds. All of his art looked realistic almost as he took a photo. The birds he painted were accurate species in the woods and the birds he painted were always birds from America. Next, Gilbert Stuart was one of the best known artist who painted self portraits. One of his pieces of art is a portrait of George Washington. The image on the dollar bill of George Washington is a photo adapted by Gilbert Stuart. Lastly, George Catlin was a very unique artist who came across native Americans and painted what they were doing (their culture). "What a business is this of a portrait painter! You bring them a potato and expect them to paint a peach."

This picture represents the people on their daily work day and the bank.

In the 1800s I believe that politics definitely eased down. First of all we got rid of all of those Federalist vs Antifederalist arguments/debates. The battles went down fighting each other for control over presidency, The states, and lastly congress. As soon as the 1800s began, the Federalist were not needed like they used to be, so they became less demanding and less needed. But after the 19th century started, Republicans became more dominant. The Politics were also forming and taking shape in numerous ways in the early 1800s. Henry Clay was a big part. Henry Clay was a very important man who was a very great and powerful speaker. Henry thought that the future of America should expand in Capitalism, he also believed in the American system (one of the largest economic plans) Henry Clan was a very Important man to our country but mostly to our politics. He once told me, " I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance, The union, sir, is my country." I think hat when Henry Clay told me this he wanted to say that no matter what it takes, he will make this country great again.

This picture represents the work of the slaves and the women.

To begin, people in the early 1800s call this period of time, "The Era Of Good Feeling". To me this was not technically that good of a time to live in if you were a slave or even a woman. People will say that obviously life was hard on a slave but it was at a point where it got really bad. For example if a slave was just minding his/her business and doing everything they were supposed to do, the owner could drag them across the floor and beat them anytime they felt like it. If a slave made one bad move they could be so badly punished that they could not work anymore. The slaves would fake being sick or even say they were blind so that they wouldn't have to work or get punished. If you were born a slave you could be taken away and sold from your owner in a blink of an eye. Even if slaves made/ have any money, there owner could take it all because they own them. Does this sound like a good time to you? Next, women were second class citizens. Women were expected to restrict their sphere of interest to the home of the family. Women were not encouraged to obtain a real education or purse of professional career. After marriage women did not have the right to own their property, keep their own wages, or sign a contract, or even sometimes not to get in a divorce. In addition all women were denied the right to vote. Here is a quote from a women that I met ,"There will never be a real world order until women are a part of it." -Alice Paul.

Lastly, this photo represents that there were still bad times in the Era of Good Feelings

To conclude, I have told you about all the amazing and not so amazing things about The Era Of Good Feeling. I believe that it wasn't that nice of a time to live in because of all the stuff happening with the politics, slaves, and women. But you could escape all of that by writing what came to you, or drawing what you think is beautiful, or having amazing dances with your loved ones. Basically if you were a white man you could have fun in this period of time but otherwise it was pretty rough. Life was definitely very slow and very rough. The people were still adapting to their new homes that we now call America. "Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all--Liberty!"

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