Ch 32: MTTC History: Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

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Learn about the ratification of the U.S. Constitution through these fun and easy video lessons. You'll quickly get up to speed on all the Constitutional ratification topics you'll need to know about for the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: Ratification of the U.S. Constitution - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge of the key players and events involved in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. These fun and flexible videos help you easily prepare for questions on the MTTC History exam about:

  • The creation of state constitutions at the end of the American Revolution
  • The Articles of Confederation and Northwest Ordinance
  • The great compromise of the Constitutional Convention
  • Rise of a new U.S. government after ratification
  • Preamble, articles and amendments of the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Hamilton versus Jefferson

Your preparation for the exam is simple and easy with the useful tools that come with these videos. Video tags let you review just the main points of a video without needing to re-watch the entire lesson. Lesson transcripts are handy for locating key terms and definitions. If you want a final check of your knowledge of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, take the chapter exam after watching all the lessons in this series.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Ratification of the U.S. Constitution Chapter

The MTTC History exam assesses your knowledge of history, economics and political science in preparation for teaching these topics in the classroom. A requirement to teach history in Michigan, the exam is composed entirely of multiple-choice questions. Questions on the ratification of the U.S. Constitution are part of the U.S. History subarea, which makes up about 33% of the exam.

You could be asked to read a passage or study an image before responding to questions, or you might have to read a question and select the best option from a series of responses. Use the self-assessment quizzes that come with each lesson to make sure you're familiar with the style of questions you'll find on the exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 32: MTTC History: Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
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Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

1. 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

2. 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.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

7. Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

Although President Washington warned against the nation falling into political factions, the different views of the Constitution held by Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists and Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans set the path for the two-party system that the U.S. has today.

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