American System


The American System was created to unify our nation

Nationalism vs. Sectionalism

Nationalism was the love for your country and Sectionalism was the loyalty to the interests of ones own region

Key idea

Tariffs or high taxes to generate revenue for the country and federal purposes.

Preservation of the Bank of the United States in case of small bank failures.

Development of national improvements that include roads and canals that would be financed by the tariffs.

Henry Clay Biography

Henry Clay was born in 1777 and died 1852. During his life, he became senator of Kentucky, a "War Hawk", Speaker of the House in 1812 as part of the Whig Party. He also tried to become President five times, but never was successful. While still in politics, he and others created the American system. After he had died in 1852, his party disbanded.