The War of 1812 influenced domestic politics both instantly and for decades to come. The primary influence was with the death of the Federalist Party. The Federalists, who sided with Britain in the conflict, were considered the wealthy elites of society, while the Democrat-Republicans favored France and were the more for the "common man." The Federalist party was already shrinking and only prevalent in the manufacturing centers of the Northeast.
After the victory, the Democrat-Republican Party took hold and ushered in the "era of good feelings." The death of the Federalists was advanced with the secession-laden "Hartford Convention." Americans tagged the Federalists as unpatriotic, while Thomas Jefferson's party supported the democratic revolutions in France.
The war's influence later on with domestic politics was found with the rise of Andrew Jackson. Jackson, already a hero of the War, was the first "common man" elected President. The Democrat-Republicans, now in control, favored a...
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