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Origins of the American Republic - Chapter Summary
This teacher resource chapter on the origins of the American Republic are written by teachers specifically for the needs of teachers. Here you'll find subjects including George Washington's role in the new U.S. government, the Whiskey Rebellion and the core tenets of the American government. With these interesting video lessons, assessment quizzes and printable lesson transcripts, you'll have access to a variety of tools to use to conduct your own lesson planning and create engaging curriculum. These resource are available to you 24 hours a day on any computer, tablet or mobile device.
How It Helps
- Includes technology: The video lessons presented here are a great way to integrate technology into your classroom while reviewing the origins of the American republic with your students.
- Offers variety: There's no limit to the classroom tools and other curriculum you can create from these resources on the American Republic, including essay prompts, class projects, homework assignments and thought-provoking discussion questions.
- Provides assessments: Don't write your own quizzes and tests when you can use the ones provided in this chapter, which line up with the content provided in our lessons.
After you use this chapter to teach, your students should be able to:
- Describe the core principles of the American government
- Outline the role of George Washington in the new U.S. government
- Detail the conflict between Hamilton and the Federalists with Jefferson and the Republicans
- Discuss the Jay Treaty and the Treaty of San Lorenzo
- Explain the Battle of Fallen Timbers and the Whiskey Rebellion
- Explore the presidency of John Adams from the Alien and Sedition Acts to the XYZ Affair
- Provide an overview of and facts about John Adams
- Outline the presidency and election of Thomas Jefferson
1. The Core Principles of American Government
In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.
2. Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans
Although President Washington warned against the nation falling into political factions, the different views of the Constitution held by Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists and Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans set the path for the two-party system that the U.S. has today.
3. The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events
In this lesson, we will learn about the French Revolution. We will examine the causes of the French Revolution and highlight the key themes and events associated with it.
4. The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers
In the early days of the U.S., President Washington and the new government were tested by foreign and domestic issues. How these issues were dealt with would establish the young nation's position. Domestically, the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers demonstrated how rebellion and territorial issues would be decided.
5. President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair
John Adams was an important founder of the United States. In many ways, he was the voice of the Revolution. As president, he had some proud shining moments and one major blight on his legacy.
6. Who Was John Adams? - Facts & Overview
Read about the remarkable life of John Adams, including his role in drafting and promoting the Declaration of Independence. Learn about his relationship with Thomas Jefferson, and test your understanding of Adams's key historical roles with a quiz.
7. The Election & Presidency of Thomas Jefferson
In this lesson, we will learn about the remarkable Election of 1800 and about the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. We will highlight the central events, people, situations, and themes surrounding Jefferson's election and his subsequent presidency. We will be able to summarize the important events that took place during his time in office.
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