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Ch 39: Events in Early United States History

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Explore the important events in the early history of the United States with this chapter. Find out more about the beginnings of the United States government and political system.

Events in Early United States History - Chapter Summary

These lessons will help you learn more about events in early United States history. You'll be able to study political figures from this time period. Examples of conflict within the nation and abroad will also be discussed. Use this chapter to improve your understanding of:

  • How state constitutions were created
  • George Washington's role in the government of the U.S.
  • Conflicts between the Federalists and the Republicans
  • Effects of the French Revolution and several treaties
  • The causes of the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers

Expert historians worked on creating this chapter to improve your knowledge of the history of the U.S. Each video lesson is brief and engaging, and features a timeline that will help you find the information that you want to study.

5 Lessons in Chapter 39: Events in Early United States History
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Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

1. 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.

George Washington and the New United States Government

2. George Washington and the New United States Government

George Washington was the United States' first president. He knew everything he did would set the stage for future presidents of the country. A heavy weight was on his shoulders, and much of what he established in his two terms set the precedent for presidents today.

Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

3. 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.

The French Revolution, Jay Treaty and Treaty of San Lorenzo

4. The French Revolution, Jay Treaty and Treaty of San Lorenzo

In the U.S., early foreign affairs were of incredible importance. For the young nation to survive, they had to exist in a world with tense relations. Should the new nation get involved in foreign wars? How do they negotiate with foreign powers? This lesson looks at the early foreign relations of the United States.

The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers

5. The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers

In the early days of the U.S., President Washington and the new government were tested by foreign and domestic issues. How these issues were dealt with would establish the young nation's position. Domestically, the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers demonstrated how rebellion and territorial issues would be decided.

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