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Key Documents in the Creation of the U.S. - Chapter Summary
There were several key documents that contributed to the creation of the United States of America. In this chapter, our expert history instructors will walk you through the elements of such documents, including the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Studying this chapter can help you:
- Summarize the history of the Mayflower Compact
- Trace the history of modern democracy from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence
- Identify the writers of the Federalist Papers
- Examine the U.S. Constitution's preamble, articles and amendments
In addition to the lessons, the chapter comes with a variety of supplemental resources to enhance your studying experience. Each lesson is accompanied by a short self-assessment quiz, and the chapter concludes with a comprehensive exam. You can also print the lesson transcripts if you want to study offline. Your dashboard will keep track of your progress throughout the chapter, and if you have any questions about the material, simply use the online Ask the Expert feature.
1. Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History
The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document in what is now the United States. It even helped establish the direct election of representatives in the colonies that eventually carried over to the new nation! Learn what the Compact was about and why it was necessary.
2. From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence
In this lesson, we will trace the legacy of democratic ideals from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence. We will highlight the key developments of democracy throughout the Medieval period and into the modern age.
3. The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary
The Federalist Papers were a collection of political essays from the 18th century written by several Founding Fathers of the United States. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the Federalist Papers and why they are still important today.
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.
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