The thirteen-year era from 1815 to 1828 in the United States was transitional in many respects. The country had just emerged from the War of 1812 (1812–1815) and the future seemed bright. Although America had not won the war, it did manage to hold its own against Britain. This thirteen-year period also preceded the rise of Jacksonian Democracy (1829 –1837).
The end of the War of 1812 healed a strong source of division in America. New England had never supported the war, so its end was important for national unity. It was clear, however, that sectionalism might emerge again over economic differences.
The presidency of James Monroe (1817–1825) is known as the Era of Good Feelings. One reason for this national harmony was the fact that only one political party—the Democratic-Republicans—dominated the nation. In the presidential election of 1820, Monroe received 99% of the electoral votes cast. Political unity meant that previously contentious issues, such as a national bank, now...
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