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Era of Good Feelings

The Era of Good Feelings was a period from 1817 to 1825, when the United States was under the presidency of James Monroe and a one-party political system, the Democratic-Republicans (which got their start from Jeffersonian Republicans). Although this was known as the Era of Good Feelings, there was a lot of tension, especially when it came to slavery.

The War of 1812 ended with the Federalist Party all but destroyed, and a new party, the Democratic-Republicans, was ushered in. By 1816, the Democratic-Republicans controlled 85% of the seats in Congress, and James Monroe was elected president.

The Era of Good Feelings was marked by economic changes, some of which had been backed by James Madison. Some of these changes included: chartering the second Bank of the United States, establishing tariffs to protect American manufacturing, and federally-funded internal improvements.


Chartering the Second Bank of the United States

After the War of 1812, the United States was facing money trouble…