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Early American Government - Chapter Summary
This chapter offers a comprehensive overview of early American government. Fun video and text lessons explore political parties, laws and wars that impacted the government in the United States. Students can review the lessons at their leisure and revisit them as many times as they'd like until they comprehend the concepts covered. Upon completion of this chapter, students will be ready to:
- Summarize and analyze the Articles of Confederation
- Define the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, and discuss their arguments and views
- Share details about the Constitutional Convention, the ratification of the Constitution and the new U.S. government
- Discuss the history of political parties in the United States
- Explain domestic challenges for America's early leaders
- Identify and describe the foreign policies of early American presidents
- Describe the causes and effects of the War of 1812
Students can feel confident that they understand various aspects of early American government by utilizing the resources in this chapter. In addition to reviewing the lessons, students can test their knowledge by taking self-assessment quizzes. If they need additional details about lesson topics, students can submit their questions to our experts. A practice exam is also available to provide students with a comprehensive review of the entire chapter.
1. The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will discuss the background leading to the Articles of Confederation. We will then summarize the different articles contained in the document and analyze their importance.
2. Federalists: Definition, Arguments & Views
Define the Federalists, learn about the historical background over the ratification of the Constitution, and understand the arguments and views of the Federalists in their support of the new Constitution.
3. Anti-Federalists: Definition, Views & Leaders
In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of the Anti-Federalists. You'll also learn about their views in opposition to the Constitution drafted in 1787 and about prominent leaders in the movement.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)
The following lesson will discuss the history and evolution of the two-party system in the United States. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
7. Domestic Challenges for America's Early Leaders
This lesson looks at major domestic problems faced by the leaders of America's new government. You will learn about how they dealt with national security, courts, finances, and the powers of the government.
8. Foreign Policies of Early American Presidents
In this lesson we will learn about the foreign policy approaches of America's early presidents. We will look specifically at the foreign policy of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.
9. War of 1812: Causes & Effects
In this lesson, you'll examine the events that led to the War of 1812, as well as the effects that the war had on a young American nation. Then, you'll be able to test your understanding with a short quiz.
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