Ch 1: 18th Century American Presidents

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Study the lessons in this chapter to learn more about America's earliest presidents. You can improve your class performance, increase your chances of scoring well on tests, or just find out more about our nation's history.

18th Century American Presidents - Chapter Summary

With the help of this chapter, you can study 18th century American presidents George Washington and John Adams. You'll learn about the new American government, including Washington's role in its development. The lessons also cover his administration and Farewell Address. The chapter also helps you find out more about President John Adams's administration.

This easy-to-use study guide is designed to make learning fun and interesting. The lessons are short, allowing you to work your way through the chapter quickly, and the lesson quizzes and chapter test make it easy for you to test yourself on what you've learned. The Dashboard gives you a way to stay organized, and our instructors are available to you if you have questions. The lessons in this chapter will teach you how to:

  • Explain the formation of the new U.S. government with George Washington as president
  • Describe key aspects of Washington's presidency
  • Discuss what President Washington said in his Farewell Address
  • Tell what the XYZ Affair and Alien and Sedition Acts were

17 Lessons in Chapter 1: 18th Century American Presidents
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George Washington and the New United States Government

1. George Washington and the New United States Government

George Washington was the United States' first president. He knew everything he did would set the stage for future presidents of the country. A heavy weight was on his shoulders, and much of what he established in his two terms set the precedent for presidents today.

George Washington: Presidency & Facts

2. George Washington: Presidency & Facts

In this lesson, we will discuss how George Washington, the first president of the United States, helped shape the office of president. Learn more about how Washington set the stage for future presidents and test your knowledge with a quiz.

George Washington's Farewell Address: Summary, Analysis & Quotes

3. George Washington's Farewell Address: Summary, Analysis & Quotes

In this lesson we explore the farewell address of America's first president, George Washington, who never actually delivered the address but published it in a Philadelphia newspaper.

President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair

4. 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.

President John Adams: Childhood & Education

5. President John Adams: Childhood & Education

In this lesson we will learn about the childhood and education of our second president, John Adams. We will highlight key themes and developments and learn what type of formal education John Adams received.

How Did George Washington Die?

6. How Did George Washington Die?

George Washington was America's first president, but what happened to him? In this lesson, we'll explore the death of George Washington and see what doctors have speculated about it over the centuries.

The USS George Washington: History & Location

7. The USS George Washington: History & Location

The United States military maintains a number of influential vessels around the world. In this lesson, we'll check out the USS George Washington, see what it's been up to and find out where it is today.

George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River

8. George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River

In the winter of 1776, George Washington planned a surprise attack at Trenton, New Jersey. In this lesson, you will learn about his troops' heroic crossing of the Delaware River to gain a morale-boosting victory in the Revolutionary War.

George Washington's Secret Six: Summary & Genre

9. George Washington's Secret Six: Summary & Genre

'George Washington's Secret Six' is a historical fiction written by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, released in 2013. This lesson includes an overview of their book and highlights of the story.

George Washington: Birthplace, Early Life & Education

10. George Washington: Birthplace, Early Life & Education

There are many tales about George Washington's early life, but how many of them are true? In this lesson, we'll explore the early life of America's first president.

Mount Vernon: Home of President George Washington

11. Mount Vernon: Home of President George Washington

Explore the history of Mount Vernon estate and how the Washington family used it for everything from hosting elaborate parties to growing a range of crops. Established as a national historic landmark in 1960, Mount Vernon went from being a slave plantation to a modern day tourist spot hosting over one million people every year.

The Diaries & Journals of George Washington

12. The Diaries & Journals of George Washington

In this lesson, we will explore the diaries and journals of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The first President of the United States left behind a rich record of written material, that sometimes give direct insight into his role and thoughts about the major events of his life.

Did George Washington Own Slaves?

13. Did George Washington Own Slaves?

Many of America's founding figures preached liberty and yet owned slaves. But, was George Washington one of them? In this lesson, we'll explore Washington's experiences with slavery.

President George Washington's Foreign Policy

14. President George Washington's Foreign Policy

George Washington inherited a weak and weary United States. This lesson examines Washington's efforts to secure American trade and maintain U.S. neutrality amidst the global crises of the 1790s.

George Washington in the French and Indian War

15. George Washington in the French and Indian War

In this lesson, we will learn how a young man named George Washington became involved in the first clash of the French and Indian War. This massive conflict will forever change Washington and the fate of North America.

Why Was George Washington a Good Leader?

16. Why Was George Washington a Good Leader?

In this lesson, you'll learn what qualities and skills made George Washington an effective leader. You'll also learn the difference between formal and informal power.

George Washington's Inauguration: Speech, Location & Date

17. George Washington's Inauguration: Speech, Location & Date

George Washington was the nation's first president. This means he was the first to do everything a president does, including being sworn in. In this lesson, we'll see how Washington handled his inauguration, and how he set the first precedent of his presidency.

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