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The Era of Good Feelings was the period in US history when people were stimulated by two events of 1816 during the presidency of James Madison the enactment of the first US protective tariff and the establishment of the second National Bank With the decline of the Federalists the United States was a one-party state on the national level heading the Democratic-Republicans Under the surface however vast sectional issues were shaping themselves and personal rivalries also were gathering strength to break loose in the campaign of 1824 Nationalism was a very important quality of this era in time To Americans the War of 1812 was viewed as a second war of independence They were proud that their united nation had stood up to the British The feeling of patriotism stayed steady into the 1820s Document C shows how Americans were still celebrating how united their nation was even though it was four years after the end of the war Another thing that helped unify the US was the Tariff Act of 1816 As the first complete protective tariff it was principally intended to promote the production of textiles hats leather paper and cabinetwork Even people like John Calhoun who would normally be against any type of tariff supported this He wanted to bind the country together by building roads and canals rather than making things worse by causing disunity Doc B This was all part of Henry Clays American System which included support for a high tariff to protect maintenance of high public land prices preservation of the Bank of the United States and development of a system of internal improvements such as roads and canals which would knit the nation together and be financed by the tariff and land sales revenues In 1816 the Second Bank of the United States was created to satisfy the need for a central fiscal agent Of course critics again decried the Banks conservative policies and several states enacted
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