The Rush-Begot Treaty

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The reverie and triumph associated with stalemating with the world’s greatest superpower, Great Britain, in the War of 1812 quickly led to a feeling of nationalism and tremendous accomplishment. However, even within this “era of good feelings” was a lingering sense of sectionalism, which would be manifested during the issues of tariffs, the Second Bank of the United States, slavery, and foreign policy, which in turn, foreshadows a bigger national rift. America was viewed after the War of 1812, and later the Battle of New Orleans, with a new respect from abroad. Though the consequent Treaty of Ghent addressed very few of the causes of the war, it lead to the Rush-Begot Treaty with Great Britain, which addressed forts on American soil, rights of a neutral power, and impressments on the high seas. The signing of the Rush-Begot Treaty in addition to the use of Andrew Jackson in the Spanish Florida military campaign (much to the behest of President Monroe) on the issue of Indian raids and fugitive slaves proved to accent the … of Spain from Florida. The consequent treaty was…show more content…
In 1820, the issue again presented itself with Missouri wanting to come into the Union as a slave state, but there wasn’t a Free State ready to come in yet. The Northerners did not want to lose the majority in the Senate, so the expansion of slavery became an issue. In addition to this predicament, an amendment was proposed that would forbid the expansion of slavery, which infuriated the South. The Compromise of 1820, also known as the Missouri Compromise, written by Clay, was viewed by some as a prolonging of the inevitable (Doc F). It set a permanent balance between free and slave states and no extension of slavery above the Mason-Dixon Line. Though the Compromise temporarily eased sectional tensions, the explosive issue of slavery was far from
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