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Ch 11: AEPA: Foundations of U.S. Government

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We can show you everything you need to know about the foundations of American government, in preparation for the AEPA Political Science/American Government exam. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to give you a powerful way of studying, so you are ready for the types of questions you'll see on the test.

AEPA: Foundations of U.S. Government - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons that make up this chapter to structure your review of the foundations of U.S. government, as you get ready for the AEPA Political Science/American Government exam. The videos cover all the important concepts and events, including:

  • Government in the thirteen colonies
  • Factors affecting colonial government
  • Effects of the Revolutionary War on colonial governments
  • The development of state constitutions
  • The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
  • Issues with the Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Ratification of the Constitution

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AEPA: Foundations of US Government Chapter

The AEPA Political Science/American Government exam is a comprehensive evaluation of the depth and breadth of your knowledge of the field of political science and American government. You need to pass this exam to become licensed as an educator certified to teach political science and government courses in the state of Arizona. The lessons in this Foundations of U.S. Government chapter can be found in Subarea III: United States and Arizona Government, which makes up 58% of the test questions. You can see how well you have absorbed the material on this subject, and check out the type of questions that will be on the test by completing the self-assessment quizzes that accompany the video lessons.

There are 100 selected-response questions on this computer-based-test (CBT). You will read a paragraph or question that is followed by several possible responses. From these, you must select the single correct answer.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: AEPA: Foundations of U.S. Government
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Systems of Government in the Thirteen Colonies

1. Systems of Government in the Thirteen Colonies

The 13 colonies each had their own systems of government, but all of them worked in similar ways. Explore the various systems of colonial government, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Influences on the Emergence of Colonial Government

2. Influences on the Emergence of Colonial Government

While the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were revolutionary documents, their ideas were not pulled out of thin air. This lesson shows some of the earlier documents that helped guide those important texts.

Colonial Governments During the Revolutionary War

3. Colonial Governments During the Revolutionary War

In this lesson, you will explore not one, not two, but three different attempts at colonial government by Americans during the Revolutionary War. Discover their impacts and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

4. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

After the revolution, the states had to figure out what the rule of the people would be like. The early state constitutions and how they were drafted would inform the process and the resulting document that would become the U.S. Constitution.

The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

5. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

6. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

7. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

8. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.

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