The American System

By: Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and John Quincy Adams


A plan to strengthen and bring together the nation. The establishment of a protective tariff. A 20%-25% tax on imported goods and it would would protect a nation’s business from foreign competitors.

American System

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  • -Support for a high tariff to protect American industries and generate money for the Federal Government.
  • -Maintenance of high public land prices to generate income.
  • -Preservation of the Bank of the United States to stabilize the currency.
  • -Development of a system of improvements which would bring the nation together and be financed by the tariff and land sales.
  • Henry Clay

    In November 1797, Clay relocated to Kentucky. He soon got a reputation for his legal skills and courtroom skills. Some of his clients paid him with horses and land. In 1803 clay was appointed a representative of Fayette County in the Kentucky General Assembly. As a legislator clay advocated a liberal interpretation of the state's constitution and initially the gradual emancipation of slavery in Kentucky, the political realities of the time forced him to abandon that position.

    Sectionalism vs. Nationalism

    Nationalism: meant to unite the country and build a national economy.
    Sectionalism: Focused on economies of the North and West not South.