Early American life From an outsider's perspective.

to be an American in the Early 1800's

By Sophia holt

During my stay in America, I discovered the diverse culture and thoughts of the land. One thing I've found, is these Americans are very passionate about their country (nearly all aspects of life). No monarchy that places them in one destined stature, they are not stuck and can change their job. Nearly every person lived within 50 miles of the Atlantic Coast. Differing lifestyles based on the geographical features created stereotypes. Travel across the forested, mountain strewn, and muddy land resulted in excruciatingly slow travel. Both ultimately separating Americans.

The fastest form of travel was horseback (circuit rider depicted)
The Americans carry national pride to an altogether excessive length. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Early American Politics

In this new era, unifying and developing the country was a strong focus. James Monroe helped lead America to an "Era of good feelings". Henry Clay was a strong speaker and member of Congress. He was a big advocate for economic growth in America, and The American System. The American System wanted to implement a new national bank, taxes on imported goods, and to standardize currency/provide credit. John Marshall, a chief justice in the supreme court, confirmed that Congress only could create a new national bank, and he promoted capitalism.

The measure of the wealth of a nation is indicated by the measure of its protection of its industry; the measure of the poverty of a nation is marked by the degree in which it neglects and abandons the care of its own industry, leaving it exposed to the action of foreign powers. -Henry Clay
Henry Clay

Early American Art

American art was developing and started to deviate from European styles. Portraits now had more emotion and a certain feeling associated with them. Landscape paintings were much more popular, capturing the beauty of the new American land. Birds, Native Americans, symbols, and vivid colors were all elements used by artists at this time. George Catlin helped protect the culture of Native Americans with bright rich colored paintings. Folk art was popular among the ordinary people, i.e. untrained common "folk", that had fairly simple materials and patriotic symbols.

The worse my drawings were, the more beautiful did the originals appear. - John James Audubon (bird artist)

Early American Music

American music was growing unique as well, with traces of European influence. For example many songs had the same tune but different lyrics. European music was played at balls, and dances. Composers had songs with patriotic lyrics, showing their pride for their country and giving to the demand of the public. American was also very much present in the cultures of slaves, by using older hymns to create their own type of music and song called a spiritual. Other poplar songs included minstrels, classical music, and patriotic anthems. As a whole, music became a important part of American culture, as Americans started to created their own types.

Though an angel should write, still 'tis devils must print. -Thomas Moore (a very popular songwriter)
fiddles, flutes, and violins are very popular.

Early American Literature

As music and art begun to developed, so did literature. I happen to read a certain Davy Crockett book, I must say it was certainly.....interesting. This man tells tall tales of his life as an American "hero", hunting, and scouting. The pioneer fought intense creatures and living out in the wild with his trusty gun. Writers made new stories and poems showing strong patriotism and American places. The stories also were influenced by normal everyday life with twists, giving the public relatable characters and interesting stories.

Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever. -Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett, himself

Though some say that not all life in the early 1800's was as perfect and "good". Women are uneducated and thought as lesser than a man. Most African Americans are slaves and the free ones are still thought as dangerous, can't get employed, can't travel, can't own guns, and are segregated. Native Americans are getting pushed from their land and getting illnesses from the foreign bacteria.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. -Alexis de Tocqueville
whips were used to punish slaves


Americans are proud for their country in basically all aspects of life. Music artists created patriotic songs to supply the demand. Writers had poems and stories taking place in important American events. Painting depict more and more of their new landscape and features.

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. -Alexis de Tocqueville

works citied

"Ann Carll Coverlet: Blazing Star and Snowballs | Collection | American Folk Art Museum." Ann Carll Coverlet: Blazing Star and Snowballs | Collection | American Folk Art Museum. Web. 20 Feb. 2017 (artist unknown)

"Sioux Indians Hunting Buffalo, 1835." Sioux Indians Hunting Buffalo, 1835 - George Catlin. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

"What Is the Meaning of National Integration?" Reference. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

"Henry Clay Quote." A-Z Quotes. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

"Davy Crockett." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 17 Feb. 2017. Web. 21 Feb. 2017. (photo)

"SEO Recommendations." Slaves Singing Gallery. Web. 21 Feb. 2017. (photo)

"Davy Crockett Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

"Thomas Moore Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

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