Era Of Good Feelings Analysis

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The period from 1815 to 1825 is commonly referred to as the “Era of Good Feelings”. Following the collapse of the Federalist political party the Republicans ran unopposed and attempted to reach agreements with previous Federalist dominated states granting the period this title. The Republican Party factionalized as a result of no opposition resulting in sectionalism, which led to various political and economic issues. This period being called, “The Era of Good Feelings,” is an incorrect title because of the widespread panic prevalent in the United States during this time. Document A, which is a letter from John Randolph to Congress, clearing expresses concerns about sectionalism. Randolph, a planter from Virginia is stating that it is unjust for the government to favor manufactures over farmers. The government was aiding manufacturing by creating taxes that hurt the planters, but allowed manufactures to gain substantial wealth. Congress had the power to regulate trade and commerce, but was only focused on the wealth to be made in manufacturing. There was obvious tension between the farmers and government over showing the falsity of labeling the period “The Era of Good Feelings.” John Calhoun warns Congress of the dangers of expansion in Document B. Calhoun believes the…show more content…
The painting shows the United States as a place of perfection, despite the issues prevalent during this period. This document shows what “The Era of Good Feelings,” is supposed to look like, a standard the nation could not live up to during this time. The country faced an economic crisis known as the Panic of 1819 shattering any chance at this utopian America. The United States also faced issues with sectionalism as a result of the eight new frontier states, instead of uniting together the nation slowly drifted apart. Krimmel’s painting shows the lie that the United States was in “The Era of Good

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