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Ch 5: HiSET: The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)

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Watch fun videos to explore the events and activities involved in the making of a new nation. Lessons cover the Constitution's origins, as well as key figures and political parties that played a role in the making of the U.S. to help you prepare for the HiSET Social Studies exam.

HiSET: The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800) - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you learn about the establishment of the U.S. after the American Revolution. You'll review the Articles of the Confederation and spend time learning about the roles played by Hamilton, Jefferson and Washington. These videos offer a fun and flexible way to prepare to answer questions on the HiSET Social Studies exam about this point in U.S. history. Lessons cover:

  • State constitutions
  • The new U.S. government
  • Components of the U.S. Constitution
  • Federalists and Republicans
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • French Revolution and associated treaties
  • President Adams' actions

The entertaining videos in this chapter break down large concepts about the making of the U.S. Constitution into small, easy-to-understand chunks to make preparing for the test simpler and quicker. Lesson transcripts are also available if you prefer to read along with the video or need to reference key terms for the exam.

Objectives of The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800) Chapter

Students can take the HiSET exam to earn a high school equivalency credential in most states and demonstrate readiness for college or the work world. The HiSET gauges your comprehension of high-school level language arts, math, social studies and science concepts through five subtests that can be taken all together or individually.

This chapter on the U.S. Constitution and origins of the nation are part of the social studies subtest, which has 50 questions in a multiple-choice format. History questions make up 38% of this subtest. Use the quizzes found in this chapter to get familiar with the style of questions you'll find on the test as well as the material.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: HiSET: The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)
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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.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

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.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

5. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

George Washington and the New United States Government

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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