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MEGA English: Analyzing U.S. Historical Documents - Chapter Summary
Enjoy watching entertaining video lessons that explore the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and more as you examine ways of analyzing U.S. historical documents. These lessons prepare you for the MEGA English assessment by enabling you to do following on the exam:
- Describe concepts and themes in American historical documents
- Provide details about the text, signers and legacy of the Declaration of Independence
- Discuss the Federalist Papers and George Washington's Farewell Address
- Share the summary and analysis of the Gettysburg Address
- Analyze the Preamble, articles and amendments of the U.S. Constitution
- Explain the Monroe Doctrine and the Reconstruction Amendments
- Detail the Homestead Act of 1862, the Frontier Thesis and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail
The video lessons examine the analysis of U.S. historical documents in a high-quality visual format that makes studying fun. Benefit from full lesson transcripts that feature easy-to-identify vocabulary words designed to deepen your understanding of the subject area. Review the lessons any time, day or night, and access short quizzes when ready to test your knowledge of the lessons. These resources can help you study at your own pace and in a manner that works best as you prepare to take the exam.
1. Themes & Concepts in American Historical Documents
In this lesson, we will explore themes and concepts in important American documents. We will examine several critical documents, and see how their core ideas reflect American ideals.
2. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy
After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.
3. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis
The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.
4. 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.
5. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis
This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.
6. 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.
7. The Preamble to the Constitution: Definition, Summary, Purpose & Examples
They may be the most famous 52 words in American history. Written almost as an afterthought, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution has come to represent everything Americans think a government ought to do and ought to be.
8. James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine
Can you imagine a time when there was only one political party in the United States? Find out why James Monroe was one of the nation's most popular presidents during his lifetime and learn about his foreign policy that endured for nearly a century.
9. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments
Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.
10. Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis
Between the mid-1800s and the turn of the 20th century, the American frontier opened and closed abruptly. What factors influenced this land rush, and how did it help shape American history?
11. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis
Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on and beats nine tough criticisms in his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' Discover the hidden structure and radical rhetorical power of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most widely-read text.
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- MEGA English: Presenting Knowledge & Ideas
- MEGA English: English Language in Context
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