Ch 27: Major Figures in U.S. History from the Precontact Period-1789

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Enhance your knowledge of major figures in U.S. history from the precontact period to 1789 with these lessons on Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, and many others. The brief lessons and quizzes enable you to get ready for an upcoming exam.

Major Figures in U.S. History from the Precontact Period-1789 - Chapter Summary

While studying these lessons, you can increase your knowledge of major figures in U.S. history from the recontact period to 1789. Our educators review facts about individuals like James Oglethorpe, George Washington, Daniel Boone, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Paine. This chapter can also help you better understand Anne Hutchinson's famous trial in Massachusetts. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to do the following:

  • Discuss early American writers who influenced politics and literature
  • Explain why Anne Hutchinson was banished from the colony
  • Detail how William Penn became a key figure in the New World
  • Recall how Thomas Jefferson helped to secure American independence
  • Explain how Pontiac's Rebellion was handled
  • Detail the legacy of Benjamin Banneker
  • Discuss the impact that James Madison had on the American Revolution
  • Relate the influence that Abigail Adams had on President John Adams

The lessons in this chapter can help you quickly get up to speed on these major figures in U.S. history. In the video transcripts and text lessons, you'll find key vocabulary words highlighted in bold print for easy reference and review. If you get stuck on a topic, you can submit questions to our instructors.

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: Major Figures in U.S. History from the Precontact Period-1789
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Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams

1. Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams

John Smith, John Winthrop, and Roger Williams were early American settlers who influenced the politics and literature of the colonies. In this lesson, we'll look closer at each of these men and their important writings.

Trial of Anne Hutchinson: History, Significance & Timeline

2. Trial of Anne Hutchinson: History, Significance & Timeline

This lesson discusses Anne Hutchinson and her famous trial in Massachusetts. Learn more about the religious beliefs that led to Hutchinson's banishment from the colony, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

William Penn: History, Facts & Biography

3. William Penn: History, Facts & Biography

Meet William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania Colony and a leader in the Quaker religion. Discover how the young man from a prestigious family became an important figure in the New World.

James Oglethorpe: Facts & Biography

4. James Oglethorpe: Facts & Biography

James Oglethorpe was a British philanthropist who was one of the founders of the colony of Georgia. He also served in Parliament and was an officer in the British army.

George Washington: Presidency & Facts

5. George Washington: Presidency & Facts

In this lesson, we will discuss how George Washington, the first president of the United States, helped shape the office of president. Learn more about how Washington set the stage for future presidents and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Thomas Jefferson's Role in the Revolutionary War

6. Thomas Jefferson's Role in the Revolutionary War

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Thomas Jefferson played in the Revolutionary War. We will highlight his activity as a revolutionary leader in Virginia, and we will understand how he helped to secure American independence.

The Impact of Pontiac's Rebellion

7. The Impact of Pontiac's Rebellion

Pontiac's Rebellion occurred when tensions between the various peoples living around the British colonies in North America snapped. In this lesson, we'll explore this volatile moment and see how it was handled by all involved.

Daniel Boone: Biography, Facts & Timeline

8. Daniel Boone: Biography, Facts & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Daniel Boone. We will highlight key facts about his life, and learn why he was an important figure in American history.

Benjamin Banneker: Biography, Facts & Inventions

9. Benjamin Banneker: Biography, Facts & Inventions

Learn about the great African American scientist, mathematician, and inventor, Benjamin Banneker. His life, career, and legacy are a testament to the great mental improvement one can achieve.

Samuel Adams: Biography, Facts & History

10. Samuel Adams: Biography, Facts & History

The patriots needed someone radical, like Samuel Adams, when tensions with England were rising. Read more about this revolutionary with a rebellious nature was one of the major factors in the United States becoming an independent nation.

Who Was Thomas Paine? - Pamphlets & Facts

11. Who Was Thomas Paine? - Pamphlets & Facts

This lesson discusses Thomas Paine and two of the most important pamphlets of the Revolutionary Era. Learn more about Paine's life and the influence of his writing, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

James Madison in the American Revolution

12. James Madison in the American Revolution

James Madison was the nation's fourth president, but before that he had played his own role in the Revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore this history, and see what impact Madison had on the war that established American freedom.

Abigail Adams: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

13. Abigail Adams: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

Abigail Adams was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams. She proved to be much more than a figure head first lady, as she had great influence with President Adams.

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