Good Vibes Across The Nation

The Era of Good Feelings, The Real Summer of Love

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The Era of good feelings was a time of great nationalism in America. The people of America strove for unity in the country. The only dominant political party at the time was The Democratic-Republican Party because the Federalist party had been dissolved. Current president James Madison had the goal of getting rid of parties all together. The government was not as united as the people however, because there was only one party the members of that party did not have a common opposing force and began to divide among themselves. The Era of Good Feelings started following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, because of the victory Americans had a strong sense of pride in their country. The Era of Good Feelings was ultimately ended by tensions caused by the Missouri Compromise and by the election of of President John Quincy Adams in 1824 who opposed the federalist economics that had been developed during the era.

President Monroe said that "National honor is the highest property of the highest value," truly summarizing the Era of Good Feelings in just a few words. The nation had a very strong pride, honor and sense of unity.

The Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears was a horrible event that took place in 1838 and 39. It was the movement of all natives east of the Mississippi to Oklahoma. It was a result of Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830. Many of the natives who took the trail did not live to see their destination due to the harsh and brutal conditions. On top of that the natives did not want to emigrate.

Hamilton Killed in Fair Duel

On July 11, 1804, Hamilton was shot and killed by Aaron Burr in a mutual duel in New Jersey. This duel was supervised and managed by the seconds of each party involved in the duel. Aaron Burr was said to have had a look of regret afterwards but that has not been confirmed. What has been confirmed is that this was a perfectly fair duel between two consenting men.

Erie Canals Opens for Travel and Shipping

The Erie Canal opened up in 1825 allowing for cheaper transportation of goods and people. Transport is available very cheaply and for the more discerning costumers a higher fee may be paid to cruise in luxury. Traveling on the canal is not without its risks however, one woman had her head crushed under a low bridge and died, obviously. You don't crush your head and survive.