Ch 3: Development of the Early United States

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Use this chapter to reinforce what you know or learn new facts about key figures in the development of early America. Support your history class studies or use this resource to prepare for course finals or even professional certification exams.

Development of the Early United States - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find details about important presidential figures and key ideas that helped to shape the early United States. You'll review summaries of elections, notable accomplishments and key policies that determined U.S. politics and culture.

You can learn more about the legacies and lasting impacts of presidents that set the course of the U.S. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how the two-party system in the U.S. was established
  • Note the successes and failures of President John Adams
  • Provide details about the Presidential Election of 1800
  • Discuss the Louisiana Purchase, the expedition of Louis & Clark, and other significant accomplishments of the Thomas Jefferson presidency
  • Talk about the War of 1812 and its impact on the presidency of James Madison
  • Describe the foreign policy of James Monroe and its lasting effects
  • Define and summarize Manifest Destiny

Follow expert instructors in each lesson as they provide detailed information about each topic. Easily reach out to experts with any lesson-specific questions using the online contact form. Each lesson is available at all times, from any device, so you can study anywhere and whenever it's most convenient for you. Self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam determine how much you've learned and whether you need further review of any topic.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: Development of the Early United States
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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.

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

2. 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.

Presidential Election of 1800: Candidates, Summary & Significance

3. Presidential Election of 1800: Candidates, Summary & Significance

In this lesson, you'll learn about the candidates who ran for president in 1800, the issues that divided them, the historical significance of the election, and why this election was termed the 'Revolution of 1800.'

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

4. 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

5. 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.

James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine

6. James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine

Can you imagine a time when there was only one political party in the United States? Find out why James Monroe was one of the nation's most popular presidents during his lifetime and learn about his foreign policy that endured for nearly a century.

Manifest Destiny: Definition, Summary and Timeline

7. Manifest Destiny: Definition, Summary and Timeline

Manifest Destiny was a term coined by John O'Sullivan in 1845. It encompassed the idea that the United States was destined to occupy all the land between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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