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A Federalist error - New England's opposition to the war...

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A Federalist error.   The election of 1812 had seen a Federalist comeback in national politics. Although  Madison won reelection against DeWitt Clinton, the electoral vote was the closest since  1800: 128 to 89. During the war, New England had become a Federalist stronghold.  Federalists there had opposed the Louisiana Purchase for its potential threat to New  England's economic importance. New England's commerce had been wrecked by the  Embargo Act, and some unhappy New Englanders called the war “Mr. Madison's War.”  Despite the complaints, New Englanders had profited from the war, sending grain to  feed the British army and building factories with war profits. New England banks refused  to accept paper money and consequently amassed huge amounts of silver and gold,  causing a scarcity of specie (hard money) in the rest of the United States.
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Unformatted text preview: New England's opposition to the war prompted the Federalists to call a special convention in Hartford, Connecticut, on December 15, 1814, where they proposed a series of constitutional amendments that would have severely limited the power of the national government. Their resolutions were badly timed, for hardly had they announced their proposals when news came that the war was over, making the Federalist resolutions seem unpatriotic at best and treasonable at worst. At the next presidential election (1816), voter rejection of the Federalist party was nearly complete. James Monroe, yet another Virginia Republican, defeated Rufus King by 183 electoral votes to 34. The Federalist party was through in national politics...
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