Ch 1: History of American Law: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The History of American Law chapter of this College-Level Introductory Business Law Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the history of American law. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of American law's history.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college business material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn college business topics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the origins of American law or working with English common law
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning business content (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the history of American law
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra business learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the History of American Law chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the History of American Law chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any history of American law question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in History of American Law unit of a standard college business course. Topics covered include:

  • Overview of business law
  • Development of American law after the American Revolution
  • Stare decisis doctrine
  • Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention's compromise

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: History of American Law: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law

1. American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law

Our modern American law system is based on centuries of English principles regarding right and wrong. This English common law system combines with U.S. case decisions and statutes to form what we know as law. This lesson examines the origins and definitions associated with the American law system.

What Is Business Law? - Definition & Overview

2. What Is Business Law? - Definition & Overview

Business law is a broad area of law. It covers many different types of laws and many different topics. This lesson explains generally what business law is and how it's used.

Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases

3. Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases

The doctrines of stare decisis and precedent are the foundations of our American common law system. This lesson explains what these doctrines are and how they are used.

Development of American Law After the American Revolution

4. Development of American Law After the American Revolution

The patriot movement and American Revolution generated the democratic government known in the United States today. This lesson discusses the process of creating the new nation through innovative laws.

The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

5. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

6. 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 Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890: Summary & Overview

7. The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890: Summary & Overview

In this lesson you'll be introduced to the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, the first legislative attempt by the United States to control the powers of trusts and monopolies. After the lesson, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Strict Constructionists: Definition & Approach

8. Strict Constructionists: Definition & Approach

Interpreting statutes and state and federal constitutions is a serious matter. In fact, interpreting these laws may affect the lives of literally hundreds of millions of citizens. In this lesson, you'll learn how a strict constructionist interprets the law.

What is ADA Compliance? - Definition & Guidelines

9. What is ADA Compliance? - Definition & Guidelines

This lesson will provide you with a definition of the ADA and ADA compliance. Guidelines for being in compliance with the ADA and some examples will also be provided.

Black Letter Law: Definitions & Examples

10. Black Letter Law: Definitions & Examples

Black letter law is the law of the land, so to speak; it includes well established principles and standards that eliminate the potential for reinterpretation or ambiguity in the laws already accepted within the American legal system.

Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Company Court Case

11. Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Company Court Case

In this lesson, you will learn about the Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Company court case. The background of the case, the basis of the lawsuit, trial and rulings will be discussed.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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