Ch 4: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Missouri & US Government to 1789

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Let our instructors explain the facts about the Missouri and U.S. governments until 1789 that may appear on the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. You can practice for the exam with the multiple-choice quizzes in each lesson, and track your progress using our dashboard feature.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Missouri & US Government to 1789 - Chapter Summary

Follow the lessons in this chapter to develop a better understanding of the U.S. government and the Missouri government up to 1789. Our instructors will share the most important information about this subject as you prepare for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. These lessons include topics that may be on the exam, such as:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • State constitutions
  • The Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • Parts of the U.S. Constitution including the preamble, articles and amendments
  • The Bill of Rights

Use this chapter to prepare yourself to answer questions regarding the these and other topics so you can perform well on the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content exam. As you move through the video lessons, you may track your progress with your own dashboard.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Missouri & US Government to 1789
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The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

1. 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.

Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

2. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

After the revolution, the states had to figure out what the rule of the people would be like. The early state constitutions and how they were drafted would inform the process and the resulting document that would become the U.S. Constitution.

The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

3. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

4. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

5. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

6. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

7. 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.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

8. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

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