Ch 37: FTCE Social Science: The Making of a New Nation

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Learn about the formation of the United States in this chapter of the FTCE Social Science exam study guide. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes teach you all you need to know about the early years of the U.S. in preparation for the FTCE exam.

FTCE Social Science: The Making of a New Nation - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this chapter explore the formation of the U.S., including state constitutions, the Constitutional Convention, and the ratification of the Constitution. George Washington, the Federalists and the Republicans are also discussed. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Creating state constitutions after the American Revolution
  • The Constitutional Convention and the Great Compromise
  • The ratification of the Constitution and the new U.S. government
  • George Washington and the new United States government
  • Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans
  • President John Adams

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6 Lessons in Chapter 37: FTCE Social Science: The Making of a New Nation
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Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

1. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

Discover how the state constitutions were created after the American Revolution. This lesson looks at three examples of the radically different views on the states' organization which include Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Massachusetts.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

2. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

Learn how the Constitutional Convention was convened to amend the Articles of Confederation and understand how the delegates abandoned that purpose. Explore the Great Compromise, and review the New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, three-fifths compromise, and other agreements that helped established the U.S. Constitution.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

3. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

To support its operations, the new U.S. government needed a ratified U.S. Constitution. But not everyone in the U.S. agreed with the edicts of the new constitution. Learn about the states' debates regarding the U.S. Constitution and its ratification. Understand the perspectives of the Federalists and the Antifederalists. Explore the ~'Federalist Papers~' and understand the role these documents played in ratifying the U.S. Constitution.

George Washington and the New United States Government

4. George Washington and the New United States Government

Learn how George Washington helped to form the new United States Government. The topics covered are the inauguration of Washington and Adams, organizing the courts, Washington's Cabinet, Hamilton's Plan, and the interpretations of the Constitution.

Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

5. Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

President George Washington warned that as a new nation, the United States would suffer if its leadership became polarized by political factions. Learn how the leadership ignored Washington's warnings and explore how Alexander Hamilton led the Federalists to oppose the policies espoused by Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans.

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

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

John Adams helped found the United States, providing support for the Revolution and later serving as the nation's second president. Learn about John Adams and the important events during his presidency, including the Alien and Sedition Acts, the XYZ Affair, and the Midnight Appointments.

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