It was a time of steam technology,
which powered shipping, spurring industry.
And Europe, said the "Doctrine" of Monroe,
should keep its borders. And the status quo
of slavery was causing argument,
as Andy Jackson fattened government.
It was an era of religious growth,
and slavery was on the minds of both
the north and south. And now industrial
development would lead to radical
advances using steam technology,
especially for shipping - land and sea.
The men were born who were to take the stage
for a remarkably productive age:
like Rockefeller (oil) and Carnegie
(in steel); and Vanderbilt was soon to be
in shipping, J. P. Morgan in the banks.
And commerce started heading westward, thanks
to routes for trading, like the Santa Fe.
The great frontier potential would convey
the need to stave off the scenario
of Europe's meddling in or overthrow
of western land: the Doctrine saying so,
attributed in time to James Monroe,
did not, of course, discount our own desire
to cite some lands as vital to acquire.
Americans were talking slavery
as well: tradition or debauchery,
it heated up when certain western states -
Missouri, one - engendered great debates
of "slave or free." Missouri's Compromise,
devised by Henry Clay, would neutralize
the warring sides (just temporarily)
by welcoming the state of Maine as free,
Missouri slave. But then to minimize
the controversial matter in the eyes
of angry critics in the south and north,
Van Buren (the "Magician") ventured forth
with plans to formulate a modern style
of party based on "spoils," to reconcile
the troubling issues, seeking unity
through patronage, the sly philosophy
of "Jackson Democrats." The President,
war hero Jackson, seemed to represent
the common man, but truly he relied
on patronage and cronies, satisfied
to fight the banks and Indians to please
the public, while his arrogant decrees
imbued him with an autocratic pose
that rendered him "King Andrew" to his foes.