The purpose of the American System was to make sure we were no longer being subordinate to, or giving favorable trade to, other countries. And essentially make America economically self-sufficient.
Nationalism vs. Sectionalism
Sectionalism: Pride towards one's region/county/state.
- Tariffs - Used to not only encourage the buying and selling of products from America, but to gain money for subsidies.
- National Bank - To regulate commerce and the economy.
- Government Subsidies - To help pay for roads, and other ways of transportation.