I must admit that the so-called “Era of Good Feelings” often gets short shrift in my United States History survey class. I usually mention it as I transition from a lecture on Jefferson and the War of 1812 to a lecture on industrialization in the North. I mention the Monroe Doctrine as part of the feeling of independence and nationhood that the country is experiencing in the wake of the war with England.
The U.S. Intellectual History Blog has just started a series titled “The Forgotten Foreign Policy of the Era of Good Feelings.” I am looking forward to reading it.
Here is a taste of Sara Georgini’s introduction to the series:
This week, we’re hosting a special roundtable highlighting the bicentennial legacy of the Era of Good Feelings (1817-1825), a key period that has shaped how we frame American foreign relations. First up: a look at the state of the field and what’s new to say about the era. Today’s post is by Dr. Thomas Balcerski, assistant professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University. His book manuscript, “Siamese Twins: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King,” explores the concept of personal and political friendship in nineteenth-century America.
Read the rest here.