Global Era of Good Feelings

Global Era of Good Feelings - The period of 1816 to 1824...

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The period of 1816 to 1824 has often been described as an Era of Good Feelings, however, this name is misleading. During this time sectionalism was on the rise due to the expansion of the nation and the regional differences in economic underpinnings. People were not thinking of themselves as American, but, rather as Northern, Southern, Western, etc., or even more so as citizens of particular states. Sectionalism caused clashes between sides on issues such as, tariffs, land policy, the National Bank, and slavery. British products had been entering America at cutthroat prices to ruin the American economy. To protect the economy a tariff was proposed that would make American products cheaper then imports-the North supported this view. In the South, people weren’t supportive of the tariff because they feared retaliation by foreign governments e.g. England would raise prices on imported items and buy less from the Southern states. One southern named John C. Calhoun believed that the states should have the right to nullify the tariff. Calhoun resigned from his position as Vice President in 1832, and took a spot in the Senate for South Carolina, which nullified the tariff. Andrew
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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '08 term at Austin Peay.

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Global Era of Good Feelings - The period of 1816 to 1824...

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