Cornell notes 11_01.pdf - Creating a Republican Culture...

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Creating a Republican Culture, 1790-1820 By the 1820s, a sense of optimism pervaded America’s white citizenry. (new nation) White Americans had good reason to feel fortunate, they lived under a representative republican government. Free from arbitrary taxation and from donation by an established church Death of former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and the 15th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence made Americans sure that God looked with favor on their experiment in self-government. Citizens sought to extend republican principles throughout society. Those principles were : the advance of capitalism Wanted governments to solidify capitalist cultural values and create a dynamic market economy. Secured mercantilist policies that assisted private businesses Claimed enhance the “commonwealth” In North America they championed democratic republicanism: equality in family and social relationships. In the south class and race divided society Politicians and pamphleteers endorsed an aristocratic republicanism that stressed liberty for whites rather than equality for all. American republicanism emerged during the massive religious revival that swept the nation between 1790-1850 c The U.S Constitution of 1787 Containing no reference to God and only mentioning religion to prohibit religious tests for holding federal office. Second Great awakening “gave the christian religion.. A greater influence over the souls of men” The Capitalist Commonwealth In the Northeast republican state legislatures actively promoted banking and commerce “Experiment follows experiment; enterprise follows enterprise” “Riches and poverty follow”

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