The American System

An idea proposed by Henry Clay

A Call for Nationalistic Economic Improvements

As fellow Americans, our concern should be the greater good of our country. Henry Clay's American System is mapped out to improve our economic and transportive struggles.

Key Points

Proposals of the Plan:

  • Protective tariff established on imported European goods, making them more expensive than goods made by our own country to promote American goods
  • 20-25% tax on all imports to protect American businesses
  • Establishment of a Second Bank of the United States to provide a national currency for the issue of trade, sovereign credit allowed
  • Improvement of transportation systems to make trade within America easier

Message promoted by Henry Clay and the Whig Party

Setting out to reform America with internal improvments