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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a US Government (1776-1800) unit of a standard early American history course. Topics covered include:
- Creating constitutions in the individual states after the American Revolution
- The Constitutional Convention
- The Articles of Confederation
- George Washington and the new government in the United States
- Battle of Fallen Timbers
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.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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 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.
8. George Washington and the New United States Government
George Washington was the United States' first president. He knew everything he did would set the stage for future presidents of the country. A heavy weight was on his shoulders, and much of what he established in his two terms set the precedent for presidents today.
9. 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.
10. The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers
In the early days of the U.S., President Washington and the new government were tested by foreign and domestic issues. How these issues were dealt with would establish the young nation's position. Domestically, the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers demonstrated how rebellion and territorial issues would be decided.
11. President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair
John Adams was an important founder of the United States. In many ways, he was the voice of the Revolution. As president, he had some proud shining moments and one major blight on his legacy.
12. Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples
Separation of powers is the distribution of political authority within a government. Learn more about how separation of power works in the United States, then check your understanding of this topic with a quiz.
13. The New Jersey Plan: Explanation & Supporters
The New Jersey Plan was one option as to how the United States would be governed. The plan called for each state to have one vote in Congress instead of the number of votes being based on population. This was to protect the equality of the states, regardless of population size.
14. Massachusetts Constitution of 1780
In this lesson we explore the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780. Written by three renowned figures in colonial history, the constitution is considered a precursor to the U.S. Constitution written seven years later.
15. Shays' Rebellion: Definition & Summary
Every day across the United States, homeowners that have been affected by the recession are having their homes foreclosed on. Their only option is to figure out a way to pay off their debt in a timely manner or vacate their homes. In the 1780s, several farmers decided to take a stand against the government foreclosing on their homes and farms. Learn here about Daniel Shays and the rebellion he led.
16. The XYZ Affair: Definition, Summary & Significance
This lesson discusses the XYZ Affair. Learn more about the breakdown in diplomatic relations between the United States and France at the end of the 18th century, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
17. What is the Alien Act of 1798? - Definition & Overview
The Alien Act of 1798 was a part of the larger Alien and Sedition Acts passed by the Federalists in Congress. It gave the president the authority to deport aliens based solely on his judgment.
18. Annapolis Convention of 1786: Definition & Overview
The Annapolis Convention was small and did not actually achieve what it was initially designed to do. However, this convention was still an incredibly important step towards creating our current system of government. Read this lesson to find out more!
19. The Trent Affair of 1861: Definition & Summary
The Trent Affair involved a Union admiral removing two Confederate diplomats off a British ship. The affair ended without incident, though it created a serious diplomatic crisis for Lincoln during the American Civil War.
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