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Clay sought to create a self reliant, strong, and unified country. One way he believed this could be obtained was by working under the basis of common interest, meaning that America must work together, north and south, to make the country stronger. This would benefit both the southern farmers and the northern manufacturers. Clay thought that price fixing and lowering the amount of goods and raw materials purchased from foreign countries would increase the agricultural economy and the industrial economy in America. He believed that focusing on common interest would help America make money and become a very strong independent country. Clay’s ideas were essential to the growth of America. Tariffs encouraged northern industries to purchase goods from Americans in the south instead of from foreign counties. This made the northern states reliant on the southern states for goods, which boosted the growth of agriculture in the south. Overall Henry Clay’s ideas helped create a stable economy. The stronger economy allowed for increased wages for laborers. Income from the tariff provided the American government with more money to build roads, canals, and railroads to be built to increase the transportation of goods. Henry Clay realized the importance of tariffs on imported goods and persuaded the government to do what was needed to make America a strong, unified country.
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