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Early American Government Origins & Documents - Chapter Summary
This online collection of teacher resources contains bite-sized history lessons about early American government, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution and much more. Integrate these lessons into your curriculum to reinforce the topics you cover in class and engage your students with interesting American history facts. The lessons also come with quizzes that you can use to check your students' understanding of the material.
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- Student comprehension: The lessons present early U.S. government concepts in a simple and straightforward manner, which helps students quickly learn and remember important facts.
- Expert history instruction: Our instructors are subject matter experts in history, and the lessons contain accurate and well-researched information about early U.S. government documents.
- Multiple instructional uses: You can use these lessons to help students prepare for exams, catch up in class, earn extra credit and more.
Use the chapter to teach your students about:
- The Articles of Confederation
- The Northwest Ordinance
- Shay's Rebellion
- The Constitutional Convention
- The Great Compromise
- The U.S. Constitution
- The Bill of Rights
1. 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.
2. Shays' Rebellion: Definition & Summary
Every day across the United States, homeowners that have been affected by the recession are having their homes foreclosed on. Their only option is to figure out a way to pay off their debt in a timely manner or vacate their homes. In the 1780s, several farmers decided to take a stand against the government foreclosing on their homes and farms. Learn here about Daniel Shays and the rebellion he led.
3. 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.
4. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments
The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.
5. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis
Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.
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