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MTTC Political Science - Foundations of U.S. Government - Chapter Summary
Get set for the MTTC Political Science examination by watching this chapter's educational videos, which focus largely on the creation of colonial governments, state constitutions, and the Constitutional Convention. For example, you can gather more details about the creation of the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan, and explore the purpose of the Articles of Confederation. This chapter could help you with:
- Identifying government systems of the thirteen colonies
- Examining major influences on colonial government
- Describing governments during the Revolutionary War
- Outlining the importance of crucial documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the English Bill of Rights
- Explaining the drafting of state constitutions during the United States' early years and the ratification of the Constitution
- Discussing the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitutional Convention
- Identifying the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
Look to these online video lessons to reinforce your knowledge of the foundations of the U.S. government. With a Web-connected device, you can watch them at your convenience, even when you're on-the-go. You'll be able to use the video tags to easily move from one topic to the next, and you can also submit your relevant questions for expert assistance. We include short lesson quizzes that could indicate whether you're ready related questions you could find on the MTTC Political Science examination.
MTTC Political Science - Foundations of U.S. Government - Chapter Objectives
Once you have reviewed this chapter, you could be prepared to answer those questions that pertain to early U.S. government in the second subarea of the four-part MTTC Political Science examination. Titled, Foundations and Operation of Government in the United States, this subarea amounts to 40% of the approximate test weighting. The test as a whole includes 100 multiple-choice questions, and is part of the qualification process for a political science teaching endorsement in the state of Michigan.
1. Systems of Government in the Thirteen Colonies
The 13 colonies each had their own systems of government, but all of them worked in similar ways. Explore the various systems of colonial government, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Influences on the Emergence of Colonial Government
While the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were revolutionary documents, their ideas were not pulled out of thin air. This lesson shows some of the earlier documents that helped guide those important texts.
3. Colonial Governments During the Revolutionary War
In this lesson, you will explore not one, not two, but three different attempts at colonial government by Americans during the Revolutionary War. Discover their impacts and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Influential Documents for the U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution is a very important document, but the ideas within reflect centuries of innovative ideas about government and society. Explore various documents that influenced the U.S. Constitution.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Key Debates From the Constitutional Convention
The following lesson covers four key debates the Founding Fathers grappled with while writing the U.S. Constitution. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
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