Ch 19: Historical Documents of the United States

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Watch engaging and concise video lessons about historical documents of the U.S. Take self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Gettysburg Address and other critical documents.

Historical Documents of the United States - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Take a closer look at key documents central to U.S. history in this chapter, which introduces you the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, Federalist papers and more. You'll analyze the themes and main points of these documents and interpret their meaning. When you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll know about:

  • The U.S. Constitution
  • The treaty of Paris
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

Video Objectives
The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis Identify the leaders who wrote this document and discuss its impact on the future of America.
British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis Discover the speech that Britain's king made to Parliament in response to the events of the American Revolution and signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis Determine the intent of this document and analyze its meaning.
The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis Summarize the key elements of the Constitution.
The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis Assess the reason for the creation of the Bill of Rights and its role in limiting governmental power.
The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis Discuss these essays and identify the writers. Describe their influence on politics in the U.S.
Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis Discover who signed this document and analyze its intent.
Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis Analyze this speech from Abraham Lincoln. Determine where it was made and what purpose it served.
Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis Discover this proclamation from Abraham Lincoln and interpret its meaning.

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: Historical Documents of the United States
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The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

1. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

2. British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in United States history. Most of us know the charges against King George III. But what about his reaction? In this lesson, we will discuss his reply to the declaration.

The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis

3. 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.

The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

4. The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

The United States Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. In this lesson, we will summarize its components, including the preamble, articles, and its first ten amendments.

The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

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.

The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

6. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.

Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

7. Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the Treaty of Paris and the events that led up to its signing. After summarizing the treaty, we will analyze its aftermath.

Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

8. Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background of the Civil War and the role of slavery. We will then define the Emancipation Proclamation, summarize its key points, and then analyze the effects that it had on the Civil War and the United States.

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