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Chapter 5: 1800-1828 Inquiry Organizer

Compelling Question: Was the early republic truly an Era of Good Feelings?

Chapter Objectives:

  • Students will be able to explain the causes of the expansion of slavery and its influence on national politics and sectionalism.
  • Students will be able to evaluate national politics during the so-called Era of Good Feelings to determine if that title is valid.
  • Students will be able to analyze the effects of the Monroe Doctrine on domestic and international politics during this period.
Supporting Question 1: What were the major political and economic developments of the early republic and how did they affect different groups of Americans? Resources:

Supporting Question 2: How did the debates over slavery influence politics and society during the early republic? Resources:

Supporting Question 3: How did American culture and social values develop in the early republic? Resources:

Supporting Question 4: How did U.S. involvement with foreign and domestic nations evolve in the early republic? Resources:

Additional Resources:

Unit 3 Essay Activity Was the early republic truly an Era of Good Feelings? Option A: Evaluate the extent to which the Era of Good Feelings was a change from the founding spirit of the United States. In your response, consider the concepts of nationalism and sectionalism. Through this inquiry, students will evaluate primary and secondary sources to evaluate the title traditionally given to the period of 1816 to 1824, the Era of Good Feelings. Students will evaluate this title through the lenses of various groups of Americans, political and social growth and conflict, and the U.S. role in the world. Assess students’ progress in understanding the compelling question for this chapter by assigning the Unit 3 Essay Activity.

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