The Era Of Good Feelings BY: Armand Moreno Jr

Introduction:To be an American in the 1800's means that you had a lot of freedom. The war of 1812 helped give Americans a feeling of national identity. The pursuit of wealthyness was also an important element in American identity. America was a very young country filled with young people.

Politics: James monroe was elected the president in 1816. Monroe was the president for eight years and he was very famous that people still know and recognize him today. One of the know men in the congress was Henry Clay of Kentucky, he was a persuasive speaker. He tried to run for president five times and never won. Clay believed that America's future lay in capitalism. Clay supported an economic plan called the American System. This plan was about taxes and protecting the industry.

"The American continents ... are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." -James Monroe

Art: Americans had brought European art traditions with them to the colonies. Ordinary people made Folk art. Women made cloth and quilts. Most artist made art a living. The best artist at the time was named Gilbert Stuart. The image of George Washington on the dollar bill was made by Stuart.

"Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame." -Gilbert Stuart

Music: Americans were mostly expressed by music. Songs were mostly heard in church. One of the most famous songs in the time was "The Star Spangled Banner" . In the North classical music was really popular. They also provided the music for the cotillion dance. African music styles were normally combined with hymns of white churchgoer to create spirituals by the slaves.

Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke. Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song? - Francis Scott Key

Literature: America was all about literature. There was a lot of books and plays in America. One of the first to achieve literal fame was Washington Irving. One of the first novelist was James Fenimore Cooper. Another writer was Davy Crockett. He wrote tall tales about his life. The French described Davy as a man with "no education". Also there was Henry Wadsworth, He was one of America's first serious poem writers.

"Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks." -Davy Crockett

Argument: Some may say that this time period was "the era of good feelings" but there was a group of people that could easily disagree. Those people where normally the Partisans.

Conclusion: To finish off; If you were an American in the 1800's you usually had freedom. But if you were colored then you did not have lots of freedom. Also if you were a women you didn't have the same rights as men

Work cited (MLA):"Famous Quotes at BrainyQuote." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

Hart, Diane, and Bert Bower. History Alive!: The United States through Industrialism. Palo Alto, CA: Teachers' Curriculum Institute, 2011. Print.

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