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“The Era of Good Feelings”. James Monroe’s Presidency 1817-1825. The Era of Good Feelings…..What does it mean ?. After the War of 1812, there was a period of peace . This was known as the “Era of Good Feelings” During this time:

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The era of good feelings

“The Era of Good Feelings”

James Monroe’s Presidency 1817-1825


The era of good feelings what does it mean
The Era of Good Feelings…..What does it mean?

  • After the War of 1812, there was a period of peace . This was known as the “Era of Good Feelings”

  • During this time:

  • There were no major political divisions (Federalists had almost disappeared)

  • The war created a sense of National unity

  • Peace

  • = unfortunately this time did not last long 


What happened
What Happened?

  • After the war, sectionalismdeveloped

  • Sectionalism means:

  • Each region of the United States (North, South, West) were very loyal to their region

  • This loyalty and pride in their region caused differences of ideas amongst people of the U.S.

  • What were some of the difficulties caused by sectionalism?

  • Conflicts over slavery=to own or not to?

  • States rights vs. National government=can a state refuse to obey the constitution?

  • Tariffs=high tariffs protect American industry, but then what about those that need to buy stuff from other countries?

  • National Bank= constitutional or unconstitutional?

  • Internal Improvements (like roads, canals, transportation)= costly, and expansion yes or no?


John c calhoun
John C. Calhoun

  • Was a former War Hawk

  • Supported state sovereignty (states should have the power to rule themselves)

  • Opposed high tariffs

  • said high tariffs were unfair to farmers in the South who couldn’t manufacture their own goods and HAD to purchase manufactured items at higher prices

  • Also said tariffs protected inefficient manufacturers


Daniel webster
Daniel Webster

  • Worked in the House of Representatives and Senate

  • Supported Tariffs which protected American industries from foreign competition (Protective Tariffs)

  • Supported policies which he believed would strengthen the North

  • Was known as a great orator (speaker)


Henry clay
Henry Clay

  • Former War Hawk

  • From Kentucky

  • Speaker of the House of Representatives that represented the Western states

  • Was a negotiator of the Treaty of Ghent

  • Was known as a national leader who tried to resolve sectional disputes through compromise


The missouri compromise 1820
The Missouri compromise 1820

  • The year is 1820

  • Missouri wants to become a state, but there’s a problem:

  • The South wants Missouri to enter as a slave state

  • The North wants Missouri to enter as a free state

  • Then Maine applied for statehood….

  • Henry Clay came up with a solution:

  • Missouri will be a slave state

  • Maine will be a free state

  • And slavery will not be allowed in the remainder of the Louisiana Territory

  • This became known as the

  • Missouri Compromise of 1820

  • (and it kept people happy at least for a while)




Foreign affairs the monroe doctrine
Foreign affairs: the Monroe doctrine

  • After the War of 1812, Monroe tried to solve any left over disputes with Britain

  • Both sides agreed to demilitarize (downsize the army to peacetime size)

  • Set northern boundaries of U.S.

  • U.S. gained Florida through the Adams-Onis Treaty

  • The U.S. paid Spanish debts, and got Florida

  • Spain was loosing a lot of its colonies and asked European countries for help

  • President Monroe issued a statement known as the MONROE DOCTRINE which said Europe had NO BUSINESS INTERFERING WITH ANY COLONIES OR COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS .

  • North and South America are NO LONGER OPEN FOR COLONIZATION

  • If any European country got involved would mean war with the U.S!