Ninth Week: A Nation Grows

The Nation Grows unit covers three days of class time (suggested) and begins with the growth of the American economy after the War of 1812 and a discussion of the various developing regional economies in the South (cash crops), the West (farming) and the North (industry). Next, we examine another slavery compromise and look at the origin and purpose of the Monroe Doctrine. We end with an examination of the controversial Election of1824. Time period: 1815 to 1824.  

The Nation Grows unit contains three day-long sections:
the The South and West contrasts the plantation economy of the South with the small farms of the West.
the Industrial North section explains the origins and impacts of the American Industrial Revolution.
the Era of Good Feelings section looks at the Presidency of James Monroe.

Go to each section's home page to see a further breakdown into daily lesson plans. 

  • The first Presidents set the tone for their successors. Examine the Washington and Adams administrations and their Executive office precedents.
  • From the Louisiana Purchase to the Barbary Coast and the Embargo Act - Jefferson's two terms as President were momentous in American history. 
  • After the War of 1812, the United States improves its infrastructure with canals and roads, allowing an American Industrial Revolution to take place.