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The Era of Good Feelings an Era of Sectionalism The era of good feelings was not quite an Era of good feelings despite the numerous good things like the new fast emerging feeling of Nationalism and a considerable amount of tranquility and prosperity Stephen Decatur the man who conquered the menacing Barbary pirates even said Our Country In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be right but our country right or wrongDoc A Although these things did actually happen during the era of good feelings there were numerous things troubling the nation The acute issues of the tariff the bank of the United States internal improvements and the sale of public lands were dividing the people Sectionalism was rearing its ugly head and the conflict over slavery was beginning to crystallize First of all the controversial issue of the Missouri compromise and more importantly the issue of slavery rose Sectional tensions involving rivalry between the slave south and the free north over the control of the Missouri territory Missouri a territory had applied for admission into the union as a slave state But the House of representatives stymied the plans of missourians by passing the Tallmadge amendment The amendment stipulated that no more slaves could be brought into Missouri and that there be gradual emancipation for children born to slave parents already there The Tallmadge amendments sparked a mountain of anger from slave holding southerners depression cursed pioneers and by many northerners The Missouri compromise split the nation and most Americans argued either for or against it Finally a compromise was agreed upon Congress agreed to admit Missouri as a slave state but at the same time free soil Maine would be separated from Massachusetts and admitted as a free state Also all future slave bondage was prohibited north of the line of 36 30 Even an aging Thomas Jefferson once said in a letter to a congressman I consider it
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