Americas Growing Nation By Izabella Garza

While traveling through America in the early 1800's I discovered you'd be fascinated and very intrigued with the idea of American politics, art, literature, and music because it was a not only a time where America was beginning to discover itself but it was also a time for the Americans to discover themselves too. You'd be very proud to be an American and you'd want to show it by getting involved with traditions and the different creative styles America was beginning to discover. America has a sense of individualism because you are allowed to have an opinion and be heard. Being an American means promoting national unity because its about having pride and encouraging your country, and that's what Americans did during this time.

During this period in time, as the creative aspects of America were beginning to develop so were the politics not only for some people but for the whole country. In America from 1816-1824 it was known as the Era of Good Feelings due to the national unity that was being developed, this began during president James Monroe's presidency. National unity was when the government created a group during an emergency, and the group would be unified by the love of its nation. "Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can happen."(Mattie Stepanek). As this began federal power over the states and the growth of capitalism began to strengthen with the help of John Marshall, the Supreme Court justice chief. Even proposals for the federal government to become more active in developing the nations economy was encouraged.


Art in america was known but in the 1800's that's when people began expressing themselves in that art. Many ordinary people would make folk art, art made by ordinary people. "Art is the most intense mode of individualism the the world has known."(Oscar Wilde). Art was so liked that both men and women loved to create art. Men would carve things such as weather vanes and hunting decoys, and women would sew clothes into quilts. Other creations from the 1800's were signs, murals, images, and portraits. Different techniques of art that were discovered were Hudson River School a nature painting, John James Audubon are bird portraits, and George Catlin drawings of native people.

Different types of art

In America while we began developing literature, many creations of literature included American aspects in their creations like the painters did of Hudson River School did. Literature is a very inspirational creation of art because it may be a form of your emotions but others might be able to relate to those emotions as well. "The primary duty of literature is to tell us the truth about ourselves by telling us lies about people who never existed."(Stephen King). Washington Irving was one of the first to be famous for his literary creations, his two amazing creations were "Rip Van Wrinkle" a creative story about escaping the harshness of life and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" a western mystery. James Cooper, the nations first novelist, wrote about the life of a frontier and American Indians that helped depict the troubles of fighting for freedom. Davy Crockett was a real frontiersman who made up tales about his life like a regular man being bigger than he is. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was on of the first American poets who created an epic poem called The Song of Hiawatha, based on American Indians.


While discovering itself American began to develop different types of music, music that would help you express what you can't say and help you escape from things you want to forget in that moment. "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."(Maya Angelou) There were four types of music called classical music, spiritual, minstrel, and a "caller" in square dance. Classical music was played by orchestras and would be performed in cotillions with elegant dancing, spiritual was a combination of hymns from white churchgoers and African music, minstrel inspired by Africans and created by white South composers to honor black music, and in square dance "callers" called out the steps for the dancers while the fiddles played. Music was very important because it helped express all different emotions that might not have been easy to express.


The people that wouldn't call this the Era of Good Feelings are the women, Indians, and the slaves. The Women because they didn't really have freedom to do whatever they wanted like women do now, Indians because they were never treated with respect, and slaves because they were never treated as equals. Even though this era accomplished many things these people didn't get the type of respect others did.

In conclusion, during the 1800's you'd be fascinated and very intrigued with the idea of politics, are, literature, and music because not only was it a time for America to discover itself but also for the Americans to discover itself. Politics would help each person discover how they want their country to be and who they want to lead it. Art helps the people to be creative not for others but for them to be able to discover themselves. Literature helps people relate to certain emotions the author expresses in their book. Music is similar to both to art and literature by being able to express feeling and discover yourself but another thing music can help you do is escape from the world and just enjoy the moment. All these creations are very amazing things that were just created, but there are still many things to be discovered in the world and i hope to be apart of it.

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