The American System

By: Nate Tuttle


The American System was necessary because it was designed to provide our country with a stable economy which our country needed.

Nationalism vs. Sectionalism

Nationalism - patriotic towards your country as a whole

Sectionalism - patriotic towards your state or area

Key Components of the American System

The main components were, tariff to protect and promote American industry; a national bank to foster commerce; and federal subsidies for roads, canals, and other "internal improvements" to develop profitable markets for agriculture.

Henry Clay

  • American lawyer, and politician
  • Born in Virginia
  • Democratic-Republican
  • One of the main designers of the American System