Nationalism Spreading part 2
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Roads and Canals were called for by Representative John C. Calhoun of South Carolina. He said, "Let us bind the Republic together with a perfect system of roads and canals."
Water transportation was improved by the building of canals. From 1825 to 1850 this became the Age of Canals. The Erie Canal created a water route between New York City and Buffalo. It opened up trade in Ohio and the Great Lakes.
Around the 1830's the nation began to use steam-powered trains for transportations. In 1830 there was only about 30 miles of track but by 1850 there was more than 9,000 miles of train track across the US.
The Nationalist feeling spread through the US and people started to become more loyal towards the federal government. This became called the Era of Good Feeling.
James Monroe one the presidency in 1816 with a large majority of votes. The Federalist Party soon disappeared .
During the Monroe Presidency several landmark Supreme Court decisions promoted national unity by strengthening the federal government. For example, the court ruled the state could not tax the national bank.
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