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60-Second Presidents: James Monroe

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[band plays "Hail to the Chief"]

(female narrator) James Monroe was a teen revolutionary. Born in 1758, he left college to fight in the American Revolution.

In "Washington Crossing the Delaware," Jimmy's holding the flag. He negotiated the Louisiana Purchase for Jefferson and served as secretary of state for James Madison. By 1816, he was qualified to be president. His presidency was called the Era of Good Feelings because America was feeling great. The War of 1812 was over, everyone felt patriotic, and the Federalist Party collapsed. Monroe and the Democratic-Republicans had only each other to argue with. Monroe worked closely with his cabinet to make decisions. He handled the growing issue of slavery by signing the Missouri Compromise, which addressed future land issues with westward expansion and slavery. He was more direct in the Monroe Doctrine, which was mostly written by John Quincy Adams. America told Europe, "You stay there, we'll stay here, and we won't have problems." He added Florida through a treaty with Spain, so pour out some O.J. for him. [band plays "Hail to the Chief"]

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With the War of 1812 in the rearview, America ushered in the Era of Good Feelings with James Monroe's presidency. Monroe helped lead the United States during a period that reflected a sense of national purpose and a desire for unity. Part of the "60-Second Presidents" series.

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