During the Era of Good Feelings: a.  James and Dolly Madison restored the White House. b. the Whig Party disappeared.  c. the Democratic Republicans formed a coalition with the Federalists. ...

During the Era of Good Feelings:

a.  James and Dolly Madison restored the White House. b. the Whig Party disappeared.  c. the Democratic Republicans formed a coalition with the Federalists.  d. the Federalists party was officially banned  e. many Americans believed that the fierce political partisanship by political parties was behind them.

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The correct answer to this question is E. This, in fact, is why the decade or so following the end of the War of 1812 became known as the "Era of Good Feelings." A major effect of the war was the decline of the Federalist Party, which had opposed it. The country experienced a surge of nationalistic sentiment, and the Democratic-Republicans, led by President James Monroe (whose tour of the nation during this period occasioned the phrase "Era of Good Feelings" by a newspaper editor) dominated national politics. This turned out to be a bit of a misnomer, as old rivalries involving sectionalism, the size and scope of the federal government, and other issues emerged. The latter part of the 1820s was characterized by bitter partisan strife and the expansion of American democracy and the "market revolution". These forces, along with the divisive presidency of gave rise to what historians call the "Second Party System" as the Whigs formally split from the Democratic-Republicans. So the "Era of Good Feelings," if such a thing ever existed, was quite short-lived.