What was the "Era of Good Feeling"?
The Era of the Good Feeling, a term first
coined by a Boston newspaper during Monroe's fifteen-week tour
of the northern states, described a time of prosperity and relative
safety in early nineteenth century America that stretched from
roughly 1816 to 1820. The divisive issue of Missouri statehood
would decisively end the era.
Why did Monroe overstep his authority
with the Louisiana Purchase?
Monroe recognized that he had agreed to spend
more money than he had been authorized to spend, but he also recognized
that the opportunity to double the size of his country was unique
and would not come along again if he passed it up. In the end,
Jefferson and the U.S. government were ecstatic about the purchase.
Why was Monroe unique when he was elected
to the presidency?
Monroe was the first "professional" politician.
Previous presidents had tended to split their time between private
practices, usually law, and public service. From Monroe's first
job in the Virginia House he spent very little time in the private
sector, almost always hopping from one government job right into
a new one.