Under the command of Andrew Jackson the United States was able to take home a victory in a clash with Britain, the world’s largest military power. The War of 1812, also recognized as a “second war of independence”, was The United States’ pathway towards its goal to further expand territory boundaries. After the war there wasn’t as great an impact on foreign policy as there was on political and economic aspects.
Society underwent a variety changes due to a chain of changes in politics itself. These political influences introduced the idea of sectionalism, the division of the nation. Slavery, in fact, was still a matter that would further divide the nation. The Missouri territory had previously classified as a slave state. Eventually, the North and the South differed upon whether or not it should have been a slave state. This disagreement would be resolved by the Missouri Compromise, proposed by Henry Clay from Kentucky. In order to maintain balance in the senate, Missouri was to be admitted as a slave state in favor of the South and Maine admitted as a free state in favor of the North. The compromise also introduced the concept of 36°30' N latitude, also referred to as the “Missouri Compromise Line”, in which all forthcoming states north of that line were to be left as free states. President James Monroe signed the document and would come to effect by 1820.
Sectionalism also succeeded in influencing the political party system. Once the national bank was established, an influx separate parties formed. The Federalist party was terminated as a whole. In the place of this, arose the National Republicans and the Democrats. National Republicans supported the establishment of the national bank but were against individual states having greater power. The Democrats though, were against the national bank, and were for the power of individual states versus the federal government.. Another difference of the two parties was the origin, National Republicans stemmed from the upper class while the Democrats from the middle working class.
Under the foreign policy that President Monroe implemented, other countries’ view of the United States shifted. Afore the war, the focus of the United...