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Ch 13: Important U.S. Documents & Speeches

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This chapter contains lessons on U.S. documents and speeches that have been significant in the history of America. Learn about such documents and essays as the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Disobedience and the Treaty of Paris.

Important U.S. Documents & Speeches - Chapter Summary

These lessons were designed for you to get to know about important U.S. documents and speeches. Examine a summary and analysis of the Federalist Papers. See a summary and analysis of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, and look at how the British replied to the Declaration of Independence. You can also discover the significance of the Gettysburg Address.

Take a look at Elizabeth Cady and the Declaration of Sentiments, and review a summary of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Review such lesson information as:

  • The Articles of Confederation and its analysis and a summary
  • Summarization and an analysis of the Constitution of the United States
  • The Bill of Rights, its summary and an analysis of it
  • Treaty of Paris and an examination of its contents
  • What the Emancipation Proclamation meant
  • Summary of Freedom's Battle
  • What the significance was of Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience
  • Significance of the Letter from Birmingham Jail

Each lesson has an accompanying quiz for your use as a quick check of your understanding of the material you just studied. Submit any questions you have directly to the instructor.

14 Lessons in Chapter 13: Important U.S. Documents & Speeches
The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

1. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

2. British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in United States history. Most of us know the charges against King George III. But what about his reaction? In this lesson, we will discuss his reply to the declaration.

The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis

3. The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background leading to the Articles of Confederation. We will then summarize the different articles contained in the document and analyze their importance.

The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

4. The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

The United States Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. In this lesson, we will summarize its components, including the preamble, articles, and its first ten amendments.

The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

5. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.

The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

6. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.

Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

7. Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the Treaty of Paris and the events that led up to its signing. After summarizing the treaty, we will analyze its aftermath.

Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

8. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

9. Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background of the Civil War and the role of slavery. We will then define the Emancipation Proclamation, summarize its key points, and then analyze the effects that it had on the Civil War and the United States.

Freedom's Battle: Summary & Analysis

10. Freedom's Battle: Summary & Analysis

''Freedom's Battle'' is a 1922 collection of essays and speeches by Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi. They express Gandhi's opposition to British rule and his philosophy of passive resistance.

Declaration of Sentiments: Elizabeth Cady

11. Declaration of Sentiments: Elizabeth Cady

The Declaration of Sentiments was one of the most important documents of the women's movement of the 19th century. Read about the Declaration's author, origins and goals, then test yourself.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

12. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

13. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis

14. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis

Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on and beats nine tough criticisms in his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' Discover the hidden structure and radical rhetorical power of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most widely-read text.

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