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Unit 4--Early Antebellum Era (1800-1840)

Jefferson’s “Revolution of 1800” ushered in an era of dominance by the Democratic-Republicans. During the presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe, the United States gained significant western lands with the Louisiana Purchase, experienced great nationalism during the War of 1812, and made a significant foreign policy initiative with the Monroe Doctrine. As a result of the American System, the country became connected through a network of roads and canals and regional trade with southern cotton, northern textiles, and western grains. Despite the surge in nationalism, American also experienced growing sectionalism as western expansion and slavery made evident differences between the North and South. The end of this era is marked by a major shift in American politics. The Jacksonian era was marked by increased voting rights for common white men, social reform highlighted by the temperance and abolition movements, the re-emergence of the two-party system, and controversy on a variety of issues including states’ rights, the role of the national bank, and the coexistence of Native Americans in the USA.

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Brooks Baggett,
Sep 17, 2012, 12:28 PM
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