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Ch 57: Key Political Documents

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Watch short videos and take self-assessment quizzes in this engaging chapter on key political documents. This resource is designed to be fun as well as educational. Access it via mobile device or computer as you complete your homework or study for an important exam.

Key Political Documents - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors present key political documents throughout this chapter. You'll watch video lessons about such historical documents as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the Federalist Papers. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Detail the significance of the Constitutions of Clarendon and the Magna Carta
  • Summarize the Petition of Right of 1628
  • Outline the history of the English Bill of Rights
  • Define the Mayflower Compact and its history
  • Provide an analysis of the Declaration of Independence
  • Identify the writers and the history of the Federalist Papers
  • Describe George Washington's farewell address
  • Discuss the significance of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848

Take your time as you work through this chapter, and feel free to go back as many times as you decide is necessary. You can use the video tabs to quickly navigate to a desired spot in any of the video lessons. By answering the questions on the lesson quizzes and chapter test, you'll be able to quickly identify any subject areas that will need more review.

8 Lessons in Chapter 57: Key Political Documents
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The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

1. The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

In the High Middle Ages, rulers fought for supreme power. This lesson explores two of the earliest documents to limit power of an authority figure, whether it was the pope or a king.

Petition of Right of 1628: Definition & Summary

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

5. 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.

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.

George Washington's Farewell Address

7. George Washington's Farewell Address

This lesson describes George Washington's farewell address, in which he gives thought-provoking and practical advice for preserving the union of a young United States of America.

Seneca Falls Convention of 1848: Definition, Summary & Significance

8. 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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