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.
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.
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.
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.