Period: Date: Nationalism in the 1820s



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Nationalism in the 1820s


State Standard: 11.1.3 -Understand the history of the Constitution after 1787 with emphasis on federal versus state authority and growing democratization.


Task One: To better visualize the Missouri Compromise, look at the website: http://www.rosecity.net/civilwar/capesites/warmap.html. You will also need to have your textbook open to a current day map of the United States. Answer the following questions.
1. By 1820, which countries still had territories in what would become the United States?
2. Where are the current state borders of the slave states?
3. Theorize as to the political significance of the name Missouri Compromise.
Task Two: With the growing nationalistic mood, naturally states’ rights came into question. The Marshall court ruled in several cases that predetermined the role of states’ rights as opposed to the federal government in decades to come. Look at the decision in Cohens vs. Virginia at http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1801-1825/marshallcases/mar01.htm and answer the following questions.
1. How did Marshall’s decision provide precedence for exercise of the powers of the federal government over states’ rights?
2. What did the Marshall court use to defend its decision? Cite and explain three distinct ideas expressed in the decision.
3. Choose one rhetorical question and explain Marshall’s intent in using the question in the decision.


Task Three: Examine the context and text of the Monroe Doctrine at http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/democrac/50.htm and answer the following questions.


  1. How does the doctrine appeal to both British and American interests? Specify three interests with supporting citations.

2. Itemize the intentions of the Monroe Doctrine.



Reflection: Write a detailed paragraph responding to the following question in light of your examination of the above sources.
These three pivotal events occurred under and also with the influence of James Monroe. Explain how these events fit into the Era of Good Feelings and to what extent is Monroe’s legacy connected to these decisions.

Designed by: Lisa Kemp – San Marin High School

For Summer Teaching American History Institute - 2004






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