This chapter covers the growth of a mostly agrarian United States in terms of a developing economy, territorial expansion, and reassertion of national unity in the War of 1812. In each case, however, regional conflicts appeared. In spite of an “Era of Good Feelings” and successful diplomatic settlements, the slavery issue reasserted itself as a crucial divisive issue in American politics, but conflict was temporarily averted with the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
After reading this chapter you should be able to:
Discuss the collision of cultures using Lewis and Clark’s meetings with the Mandans as your example.
Outline the communities on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts in the 1800s.
Describe the national economy in this era and the continued development of it.
Trace America’s struggle with neutrality with England and France and the outbreak and outcome of the War of 1812.
Summarize the foreign policy achievements of the Jeffersonians in expanding American territory and establishing policies toward Indians tribes, South America, and Europe.
Describe the growth of religion in this era.
Explain the issues behind the Missouri Compromise.
Compare the first Great Awakening to the second one.