Ch 93: Key Political Documents in the Creation of the U.S.

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This assortment of lessons will teach you about the important political documents that were components of the creation of the United States. You will learn the purpose of each document, who wrote them and the significance of each.

Key Political Documents in the Creation of the U.S. - Chapter Summary

This study guide will teach you about the various political documents that helped shape the United States. The political documents, dating from 1628 to 1848, are discussed in lessons that focus on the individual documents. You will learn how the Magna Carta served as a spring board for the American Declaration of Independence, and about the different people who were involved in the composition of these documents. The documents you will learn about include:

  • Petition of Right of 1628
  • English Bill of Rights
  • Mayflower Compact
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Federalist Papers
  • Documents related to the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848

The lessons are either composed of instructional texts or videos and have assessments that test you on the information from the instruction received. Once you have taken the assessments, you can use the interactive timeline that is a part of the video to locate the information that you may need to review. The text from the lessons, both video transcripts and texts, can also be printed and reviewed if necessary. The assessments can be taken as many times as needed to ensure that you are learning the important information from the lesson.

7 Lessons in Chapter 93: Key Political Documents in the Creation of the U.S.
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Petition of Right of 1628: Definition & Summary

1. Petition of Right of 1628: Definition & Summary

The Petition of Right of 1628 was an English document that helped promote the civil rights of the subjects of King Charles I. Learn how the actions of this king led the people to stand up for and insist upon their civil rights in a manner that is still having influence today.

What Is the English Bill Of Rights? - Definition, Summary & History

2. What Is the English Bill Of Rights? - Definition, Summary & History

In this lesson, we will learn about the English Bill of Rights. We will take a closer look at why the document was created, what the document represents and the influence it has had on the U.S. Constitution.

Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History

3. 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.

From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence

4. 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.

Articles of Confederation: Strengths & Weaknesses

5. Articles of Confederation: Strengths & Weaknesses

We pay federal taxes and give more power to the federal government than we do the state because the Articles of Confederation failed miserably as the first constitution. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation here.

The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

6. 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.

Seneca Falls Convention of 1848: Definition, Summary & Significance

7. Seneca Falls Convention of 1848: Definition, Summary & Significance

The American women's rights movement began with a meeting of reformers in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Out of that first convention came a historic document, the 'Declaration of Sentiments,' which demanded equal social status and legal rights for women, including the right to vote.

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