The Era of Good Feelings What did it mean to be an American in the early 1800s?


An American family living life in the 1800s.

Being an American in the 1800s was pretty interesting like some things back then is still popular today. One thing was unequal rights to certain people such as women and African-Americans. The nation was slow and unorganized which meant it took news a long time to be delivered. The people were also stereotypical which means that blacks were still slaves because whites thought they were dangerous.

The white house represents national unity.


An example of taxes on imported goods.

In the 1800s there was an American political System created by Henry Clay. The system included a new national bank to standardize currency and to provide credit. They wanted federals to spend their money on transportation projects. And the last thing is that there was tax on imported goods to protect the industry. "Government is a trust and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and trustees are created for the benefit of the people." -Henry Clay


A portrait of a soldier in the 1800s as a kind of art.

Art in the 1800s were so full of many different designs and categories. Some of the categories were folk art, portraits, nature, birds, and Native Americans. There are many characteristics to these types of artwork. The example above is a portrait which captures the personalities and emotions of subjects that are in the picture. An artist by the name of Gilbert Stuart painted a portrait of George Washington that is used on the dollar bill. "Paint what you see and look with your own eyes."-Gilbert Stuart


This painting shows a couple dancing to a kind of popular music in the 1800s.

In the early 1800s there was a variety of early American music. There was classical music which is played by orchestras. Folk music were played with violins, banjos and drums. Spiritual music which has a African style type to it. Finally, minstrel that honored African-American music and mimicked it."From every mountain side let Freedom ring."-Samuel Francis Smith


Davy Crockett is the master of his famous tall tales he wrote in is autobiography.

Literature in the early 1800s is almost the same thing as literature today. Back then they had tall tales, autobiographies, fiction, non-fiction, life stories and poems. The two famous pieces of literature, "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" were both written by Washington Irving. As for Davy Crockett he wrote an autobiography telling tall tales like killing fifteen bears with no problems."Great minds have purposes, others have wishes."-Washington Irving

An Era of Not Good Feelings

In this time period, there were many people that didn't give them the good feelings others had. For example, African-Americans were slaves and treated poorly from their masters (white people). If slaves were slacking, their masters would whip, beat or even brand them. Another group of people were women because they didn't have the same rights as men. Women couldn't vote or have certain jobs like being a lawyer. "I know nothing of man's rights or woman's rights; human's rights are all I recognize."-Sarah Grimke


In conclusion, life in the 1800s was pretty interesting because some things back then are still used or popular today. One thing was that there were unequal rights to women and blacks, including slaves. Politics back then is almost the same as today. Art consists a variety of folk art, portraits, nature, birds and Native Americans. Music has still got some type that is still popular today like classical and folk music. Literature in the 1800s still use poems, non-fiction, fiction and autobiographies.

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