The Appalachians divided the eastern and western parts of the country. • The Mississippi was fed by two great rivers, the Ohio and the Missouri

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Read Sections 13.2 to 13.6 in History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism.


13.2 Developing a Nation

in a Land of Differences

Describe three features of America’s physical


The Appalachians divided the eastern and

western parts of the country.

The Mississippi was fed by two great rivers, the

Ohio and the Missouri.

Beyond the Mississippi lay an unexplored wilderness

that was settled in the period after 1800.

List three geographical regions of the United States in the early 1800s.




List two pieces of evidence that show American nationalism. Possible answers:

Congress rebuilt a grand national Capitol.

Uncle Sam became a national symbol.

• “The Star-Spangled Banner” was a popular song that reflected national pride.


© 13.3 Politics: The Era of Good


What was the Era of Good Feelings?

This was a brief period during the presidency of

James Monroe when partisan and regional bickering

gave way to a feeling of political unity.

Record, in short phrases, at least three details about each of these four men.

• Henry Clay (1) Kentucky senator (2) proposed the “American System”— tariffs to protect

industry, roads and canals, national bank (3) wanted a strong federal government and a

national economy

John Calhoun (1) South Carolina congressman (2) supported national bank, road system,

tariffs, (3) leading spokesman for states’ rights (4) worked to protect slavery in the South

• Daniel Webster (1) Massachusetts congressman (2) opposed War of 1812 (3) ally of Clay’s

American System” (4) argued that states had no right to defy the federal government.

John Marshall (1) Chief Justice of Supreme Court (2) wrote important court decisions (3)

strengthened the federal government (4) encouraged the growth of capitalism
13.4 Early American Art

Record two characteristics of each style of art

and artist.

Folk Art

Folk art was simple, not always realistic, and often

very colorful.

Ordinary, untrained people created this art in

everyday objects, signs, and murals.

The Hudson River School

This school of painting celebrated America’s

natural wonders rather than people.

The landscapes were idealized, often filled with

a glorious, almost religious light.

John Audubon

Audubon created finely detailed paintings of birds.

His paintings were highly realistic, the work of a naturalist.

George Catlin

Catlin recorded life and events on the western frontier.

He portrayed Native Americans and their lives with great dignity and respect.


13.5 Early American Music

List five types of music popular in the United States

from 1812 to 1850.

Orchestras played classical music.

There was dance music for both formal dances,

such as the cotillion, and common square dances.

There was a growing interest in popular and

patriotic songs.

Black slaves sang spirituals and folk songs.

White composers wrote minstrel songs that

mimicked black music.
13.6 Early American Literature

What did these four authors write? How did their

work reflect American themes or settings?

Washington Irving Irving’s stories like “Rip Van

Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” were

set in the wilds of upstate New York.

• James Fenimore Cooper Cooper’s novels, including

The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Pioneers”

described frontier life and Native Americans to

the rest of the world.

• Davy Crockett Crockett spun tall tales and wrote

about his own life and adventures on the frontier.

His backwoods speech and rough humor had a

distinct American flavor.

• Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Longfellow wrote

poetry that celebrated America’s growing

importance in the world.

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