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Students will learn:
- State constitutions
- The Articles of the Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
- After the war: social and economic effects
- Weaknesses in the new government and Shay's Rebellion
- The Constitutional Convention: compromises, plans and ratification
- Federalism in the new democracy: federalists and anti-federalists
- The founding principles of the new American government
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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.
2. 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.
3. American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact
Learn about the impact of the Revolutionary War throughout the world, especially on various segments of American society. We'll look at political, social, and economic impacts.
4. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion
The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.
5. 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.
6. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption
The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.
7. The Core Principles of American Government
In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.
8. 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.
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Other chapters within the Holt United States History: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt United States History Chapter 1: The World Before the Opening of the Atlantic (Beginnings to 1500)
- Holt United States History Chapter 2: New Empires in the Americas (1400-1750)
- Holt United States History Chapter 3: The English Colonies (1605-1774)
- Holt United States History Chapter 4: The American Revolution (1774-1783)
- Holt United States History Chapter 6: Citizenship & the Constitution (1787-Present)
- Holt United States History Chapter 7: Launching the Nation (1789-1800)
- Holt United States History Chapter 8: The Jefferson Era (1800-1815)
- Holt United States History Chapter 9: A New National Identity (1812-1830)
- Holt United States History Chapter 10: The Age of Jackson (1828-1840)
- Holt United States History Chapter 11: Expanding West (1800-1855)
- Holt United States History Chapter 12: The North (1790-1860)
- Holt United States History Chapter 13: The South (1790-1860)
- Holt United States History Chapter 14: New Movements in America (1815-1850)
- Holt United States History Chapter 15: A Divided Nation (1848-1860)
- Holt United States History Chapter 16: The Civil War (1861-1865)
- Holt United States History Chapter 17: Reconstruction (1865-1877)
- Holt United States History Chapter 18: Americans Move West (1850-1890)
- Holt United States History Chapter 19: The Industrial Age (1876-1900)
- Holt United States History Chapter 20: Immigrants & Urban Life (1872-1914)
- Holt United States History Chapter 21: The Progressive Spirit of Reform (1868-1920)
- Holt United States History Chapter 22: America As a World Power (1867-1920)