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    Henry Clay and Economic Development of the American System

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    What was the American System? After defining it, identify and thoroughly describe its three main elements.

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    The American system was an early 19th century economic development program developed by Congress Member, Henry Clay. The program was to implement three main ideas within the federal government structure: establish tariffs, establish a national bank, and improve the nation's infrastructure.

    Clay would devise a plan to establish protective ...

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    Though this program was opposed by the Democratic Party, Clay believed that these three concepts would create less of a dependence upon England and its surrounding areas. Clay's program became the leading precept of his political party, the Whig Party. This program remains one of the most historically noteworthy examples of government sponsored programs. This program is also believed to have harmonized and balanced the nation's agriculture, commerce, and industry.