During the early 1800's France and Britain were at war and for many years America remained neutral. But, Great Britain began seizing American ships and through the practice of impressments made the Americans join the British Navy. Great Britain was also starting to supply the Native Americans in North America with guns and, in response America finally declared war on Britain in 1812. The title "Era of Good Feelings" was used to describe the presidency of James Monroe in 1816 but the truth of this phrase is questioned. Many believe that the period after the war of 1812 was an "Era of Good Feelings" due to the nation's gain of nationalism and expansion of the country, but it was also due to the growing sense of sectionalism and state issues.
Following the War of 1812, the American people achieved an after-effect of winning a war called nationalism. With this new American pride they felt somewhat inferior or less than other, older countries such as that of Great Britain. This is shown in Document H, when Adams says that Monroe was not willing to be subordinated by Great Britain. This is also supported by the Monroe Doctrine, written as a warning to the European countries to stay put where they were if they had territories in/on the American continents already but, restricted them from expanding their American “empires” without having to deal with an interception made by the U.S. Moreover, Document C gives an impression of the country celebrating the Fourth of July in a happy spirit. During the War of 1812, Americans defeated many Native Americans in the west opening up the land for the Americans to claim as part of the Westward Expansion as seen in Document E. This expansion was essential because southern farmers needed more land to grow cotton and expand their idea of “King Cotton” and it also helped the people with economic difficulties put on them by the Embargo Act that put a tax on goods from Great Britain before the...
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