The Founders

In the Founders period our political leaders were building a new republic – sometimes by trial and error. During this time, our government worked out the election process and established precedents for the future. We saw the emergence of political parties and the peaceful transfer of power. Thomas Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase and ushered in an age that bears his name, the Jeffersonian Era. Our country fought a second war with England called the War of 1812. In this war, the president’s mansion was burned, repainted white, and nicknamed the White House. At the end of this period, “The Era of Good Feelings” marked a time of minimal political party conflict.

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