Dbg Essay Era of Good Fellings

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Era of Good Feelings (1815-1825) DBQ Question: Historians have traditionally labeled the period after the War of 1812 the “Era of Good Feelings.” Evaluate the accuracy of this label, considering the emergence of nationalism and sectionalism. “Era of Good Feelings,” was a period of time beginning around the War of 1812 in which American nationalism was, supposedly, fully and wholly practiced. So, even though diplomatic nationalism was apparent during the “Era of Good Feelings,” political as well as economic sectionalism did take place. The period after the War of 1812 should not be considered the Era of Good Feelings because of the rapid growth of sectionalism due to territorial disputes, and growing political differences;These greatly overshadowed the attempts to improve nationalism amongst the American citizens. After the War of 1812 many problems over keeping the balance between slave and Free states, arose which contributed to the growth of sectionalism in America. Thomas Jefferson referred to the Missouri Compromise as the geographical line that would cause more irritation in America every time an issue came about (Doc F.) Although the Missouri compromise created a new slave state in Missouri and a free one in Maine, this did not totally resolve the conflicts about allowing slavery in certain parts of the nation. Jefferson feared that the nation’s perseverance would be affected due to this dividing line.“The agriculturists bear the whole brunt of the war and taxation, and remain poor, while the others run in the ring of pleasure, and fatten upon them.” (Doc. A). The Tariff of 1816 placed a high tariff on manufactured imports in order to place a protective veil around typically northern businesses. Although the tariff was debated in Congress, the North won out due to having dominant representation. This left the southerners, including members of

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