Era of Good Feelings

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“Era of Good Feelings” DBQ In the years following the War of 1812, 1815-1825, there was a growing sense of nationalism throughout the United States due to the victory at the Battle of New Orleans. However, political issues and economic differences between the states transformed this strong sense of nationalism into sectionalism; sectionalism divided the country for years to come. Although the term “Era of Good Feelings” does have some truth to it, it is not completely accurate. Immediately after the War of 1812, Americans felt a sense of national pride which was a direct effect of the Battle of New Orleans. This American was a catalyst for nationalistic feelings throughout the country. Americans had felt as if they had won the war, which created a sweeping sense of patriotism across the country. This nationalism is depicted in the painting “Fourth of July Celebration”. Celebrations like these took place all across the country as Americans felt like they were finally a unified nation. The portrait of George Washington and the image of the American flag truly dignify the nationalism felt by all of the participants of this celebration. This feeling unity can also be attributed to the decline of the Federalists as political partisanship was basically eradicated from the country for a short period of time. The country was also unified physically as the national government built new roads and waterways which made transportation easier and broke down physical barriers that had before divided the nation. John Calhoun stresses the protection of unity and his fears of sectionalism in his speech to Congress. Calhoun worries that the unity the country felt would be destroyed by territorial expansion. He also voices his desire to further unify the country with roads and canals. Calhoun’s worries come to fruition as sectionalism soon takes the place of
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