Staying Together

Contributions to Nationalism

War of 1812

In the war of 1812, the U.S. took on the best naval power in the world, known as Great Britain, in a conflict that would have an immense impact on the young country's future. Some causes of this war included British attempts to hold back U.S. trade, the Royal Navy's impressment of American seamen and America's desire to expand its territory


During this war a new generation of great American generals were produced, including Andrew Jackson, Jacob Brown, and Winfield Scott. And the war also propelled no fewer than 4 men to the presidency: Jackson, John Quincy Adams, James Monroe, and William Henry Harrison.

Embargo of 1807

This was an act that made any and all exports from the United States illegal. Britain retaliated, prohibiting trade between neutral parties and France. The British also started seizing the American ships and said that all ships from America had to check in at British ports before they could trade with any other nation.


The president could make any exception he wanted to the Embargo as he saw fit.

Louisiana Purchase

The United States purchased approximately 828,000,000 square feet of land from France. This made the United States become more powerful with the amount of land they had. What was known as the Louisiana Territory stretched from the Mississippi River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the West and from the Gulf of Mexico in the south to the Canadian border in the north.

Marbury V. Madison

This Supreme Court case enforced judicial review. Judicial review means that the Supreme Court has the final say in interpreting the constitution.

William Marbury was designated as a justice of peace in the District of Colombia. Him and several others were appointed to government posts created by congress in the last days of John Adams' presidency but these last minute appointments were never fully finalized.

McCulloch V. Maryland

In 1816, Congress chartered the Second Bank of the U.S. A couple years later, the state of Maryland passed legislation to impose taxes on this bank. James McCulloch refused to pay this tax. This Supreme Court case ruled that the bank of U.S. constitutional.

Gibbons V. Odgen

  1. New York and New Jersey took their case to Supreme Court because they did not want trade happening between the land they share. The final say was that the Federal Government can regulate interstate commerce.


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About Monticello

At the age of 21, Thomas Jefferson inherited several thousand acres of land that was owned by his family along with his favorite childhood haunt; a nearby hilltop called Monticello, which is Italian for "little mountain", where he built his own home. A year after Thomas Jefferson was admitted to the Virginia bar, workers broke ground on the site, beginning a process that would be decades long and captivate Jefferson, bankrupt his family and this would produce one of Americas most iconic and historically significant architectural masterpieces.