The Age of Jefferson

Beginning with the election of 1800, the age of Thomas Jefferson—and his Republican successor, James Madison—saw the physical growth of the United States as well as a continuation of the diplomatic crises between the United States, Britain, and France that had dominated the foreign policy of the Washington and Adams administrations.  The first party system, consisting of the Republicans and Federalists, persisted as well and tensions would continue to increase between these factions through the War of 1812.

That war was decisive and its result ambiguous.  Regardless of the lackluster outcome, the War of 1812 marked a major turning point for the young United States.  Following the end of the war, the US turned increasingly inward, focusing on economic development and territorial expansion.

Mad Tom!
Mr. Jefferson’s Embargo
Native American Policy in the Indiana Territory