American System Creation

- Michael Ouimet

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1. Purpose

- To enact a high tariff to protect american industries and generate revenue for the federal gov't.


2. Nationalism vs. Sectionalism

Nationalism- Belief that the focus on the nation as a whole, is the most important.

Sectionalism- Undue concern with local interests or petty distinctions at the expense of general well-being.


NATIONALISM > SECTIONALISM


3. Components

-Tariffs

-Bank of the United States

-Internal Improvements


4. Henry Clay Biography


Henry Clay was the leader of the Whig Party, and five times an unsuccessful presidential candidate. He was the Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams, and held the Speaker of the House position longer than anyone in the 19th century. He was a committed nationalist and seeked for the best for his country. He was a famous member of the War Hawks who stood by the decision to go to war against Britain. He serveed as a negotiator in the Treaty of Ghent conference. After the War of 1812, he came up with "The American System". The land of the Louisiana Purchase were to be sold to the farmers who desired to buy it so the proceeds could be used for internal government improvements and education. After Clay's death, the Whig party quickly disappeared afterwards their successor, the Republican Party, followed after Clay's ideas and put them into operation in the government.