Assignment Overview: Describe the legacy of Thomas Jefferson in areas of banking.
Write a five-page examination of how the United States emerged as a nation-state.
This assessment allows you to demonstrate your understanding of ideas and events that form the foundation of the United States.
• Competency 1: Explain how America emerged into a nation-state.
o Discuss how America evolved as a nation-state after the War of 1812.
o Explain why, from the Whig point of view, the development of the United States as a nation was relatively free of problems except for the Civil War.
o Discuss radical points of view on America’s lack of development.
o Explain the role of Thomas Jefferson as President in developing the American nation.
o Describe the role of Andrew Jackson in developing the American nation.
Competency 2: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
Becoming a New Nation
When does a nation become more than just an idea or passion felt deeply in the hearts of men? The United States survived as a concept after the Revolution. There were political and sectional obstacles to it becoming more than that during the Articles of Confederation period.
England remained an ambitious enemy-an enemy who sponsored Indian wars against the American frontier. Plainly, England had not given up on the idea of conquering its former colonies once again. The War of 1812 gave ample proof of such intentions. America did not win that war.
England did not either. In the decades that followed, Americans had an opportunity to expand its institutions and strengthen its presidency in particular.
Questions to consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
• Did the United States become a nation while it was fighting the British, or after?
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
• Whaples, R. (2014). Were Andrew Jackson’s policies “good for the economy”? The Independent Review, 18(4), 545-558.
• Schwarz, M. (2013). The origins of Jeffersonian nationalism: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the sovereignty question in the Anglo-American commercial dispute of the 1780s. Journal Of Southern History, 79(3), 569-592.
• Brogdon, M. S. (2011). Defending the union: Andrew Jackson’s nullification proclamation and American federalism. Review of Politics, 73(2), 245-273.
Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific -FP (FlexPath) course designation.
• Keene, J. D., Cornell, S. T., & O’Donnell, E. T. (2016). Visions of America: A history of the United States (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.
o Chapter 7, “Jeffersonian America: An Expanding Empire of Liberty, 1800-1824.”
o Chapter 8, “Democrats and Whigs: Democracy and American Culture, 1820-1840.”
Discuss how America emerged as a nation-state. Address the following in your examination:
• Discuss the important milestones in America’s evolution into a nation-state after the War of 1812. Why were they significant?
• Describe why, from the Whig point of view, the development of United States as a nation was relatively free of problems except for the Civil War.
• Describe the legacy of Thomas Jefferson in the areas of foreign policy, national expansion, and banking at the national level.
• Describe the actions of Andrew Jackson in the areas of national expansion and banking at the national level.