Ch 6: America's Early Years

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Refresh your knowledge of America's early years with help from short and engaging video lessons you can access from any smartphone, tablet or computer. Ensure you're prepared for a test or assignment on this subject by testing your knowledge with self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam.

America's Early Years - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to ensure you recall the major events that occurred during America's early years. Lessons provide in-depth explorations of Thomas Jefferson's presidency, the Oregon Trail, the War of 1812 and much more. Access these lessons at a pace that matches your schedule. In no time, you will have the knowledge to do the following:

  • Differentiate between Hamilton and the Federalists and Jefferson and the Republicans
  • Discuss the Louisiana Purchase and other accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson's presidency
  • Share details about President Madison and the War of 1812
  • Detail economic expansion in the 1800s through slavery, immigration and corporations
  • Provide details about the Oregon Trail, election of 1848 and California Gold Rush
  • Explain tension over slavery in the 1850s and the importance of Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Identify and describe social reform movements of the 19th century
  • Describe the abolitionist movement and important figures who fought to end slavery

Watch fun video lessons that average about 8 minutes each to get a comprehensive review of America's early years. If you prefer to read your lessons, scroll down to find full transcripts. With each lesson is a mini quiz designed to assess your comprehension of concepts covered. Use these quizzes and a practice chapter exam to feel confident that you have a quality understanding of the early years of the United States.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: America's Early Years
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Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

1. 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.

Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

2. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.

President Madison and the War of 1812

3. President Madison and the War of 1812

Though often overlooked in the annals of American history, the War of 1812 was really a landmark event for a young nation finding its footing amidst a global power struggle. Watch our lesson to follow President James Madison and the War of 1812 into the inky shadows of history.

Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

4. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.

The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

5. The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

Throughout the first half of the 19th century, the United States expanded its borders all the way to the Pacific Ocean, fulfilling its manifest destiny. Find out about the reasons people wanted this land, the path that took them there and the politicians who supported it all.

Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

6. Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

General Zachary Taylor was elected president in 1848, hoping to see the peaceful addition of land from the Mexican cession. 'Old Rough and Ready' wasn't prepared for the California gold rush.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

7. Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

8. Reform Movements of the 19th Century

Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

9. Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

The abolitionist movement spanned decades. Although slavery did not end peacefully, great Americans like William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were some of the driving forces behind the anti-slavery movement.

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