Instead the new American was the fur trader, the horse trader, the “jolly” flat boatman who plied the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
Bingham’s singular work, "The County Election" celebrates American democracy in a way never before celebrated.
With the end of the war the party all but ceased to exist, and many of its former members rallied to new party banners, namely Republican and Whig, where they formed the political base for centralization, protectionism, and, eventually, abolitionism, in the latter half of the 19th century.
When the war ended, Americans seized on the various successes of the Army and Navy and celebrated the fact that the relatively young United States had gone toe to toe with the greatest military machine in the world, fighting them mostly to a draw.
This is perhaps best represented by the work of Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham, who celebrated the common man on his canvas.
Generals and politicians fell by the wayside as subject matter.
By staying out of European affairs the United States expected, and demanded, the same treatment in kind.
This could not have happened had the War of 1812 not ended the way it did.
A party of bankers and businessmen, the Federalists' steady opposition to the war doomed them in the eyes of the American public.
Their vociferous opposition to the commencement of the war, and their subsequent contemplation of outright secession at the "Hartford Convention," angered many Americans, who viewed the Federalists as “un-patriotic.” The Federalists had principally represented men of means and wealth, with the bulk of their membership in the Northeast.