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- Take a look at the creation of state constitutions following the American Revolution.
- Become familiar with the Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance.
- Describe the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
- Discuss the Great Compromise and the Constitutional Convention.
- Examine the ratification of the Constitution and the new government.
- Understand the structure of the US Constitution.
- Explain the significance of the Bill of Rights.
- Describe George Washington's role in the new United States government.
- Compare the views of Hamilton and the federalists with that of Jefferson and the republicans.
- Learn about the Whiskey Rebellion.
- Explore the presidency of John Adams.
1. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution
Discover how the state constitutions were created after the American Revolution. This lesson looks at three examples of the radically different views on the states' organization which include Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Massachusetts.
2. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
The Articles of Confederation created a central government, even though most power still resided in the states. This lesson explores what was contained in the Articles of Confederation, as well as the Northwest Ordinance.
3. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion
Initially, the new nation of the United States of America was guided by the Articles of Confederation. Learn the weaknesses of the Articles, and understand why this agreement created an ineffective government. Explore the role of Shays' Rebellion.
4. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise
Learn how the Constitutional Convention was convened to amend the Articles of Confederation and understand how the delegates abandoned that purpose. Explore the Great Compromise, and review the New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, three-fifths compromise, and other agreements that helped established the U.S. Constitution.
5. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government
To support its operations, the new U.S. government needed a ratified U.S. Constitution. But not everyone in the U.S. agreed with the edicts of the new constitution. Learn about the states' debates regarding the U.S. Constitution and its ratification. Understand the perspectives of the Federalists and the Antifederalists. Explore the ~'Federalist Papers~' and understand the role these documents played in ratifying the U.S. Constitution.
6. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments
The basis for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government are formed by the first three articles of the U.S. Constitution. Learn about the preamble, articles, and amendments that form the most important document of the United States.
7. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments
The Bill of Rights is one of the most important documents in America because it protects the rights of citizens. Learn about the history of the Bill of Rights and review the Constitution's first 10 amendments.
8. George Washington and the New United States Government
Learn how George Washington helped to form the new United States Government. The topics covered are the inauguration of Washington and Adams, organizing the courts, Washington's Cabinet, Hamilton's Plan, and the interpretations of the Constitution.
9. Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans
President George Washington warned that as a new nation, the United States would suffer if its leadership became polarized by political factions. Learn how the leadership ignored Washington's warnings and explore how Alexander Hamilton led the Federalists to oppose the policies espoused by Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans.
10. The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers
President Washington's strong responses to the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers set a precedent for how future leaders would respond to a crisis in America. Learn about the history of the Whiskey Rebellion, the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and the significance of the government response.
11. President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair
John Adams helped found the United States, providing support for the Revolution and later serving as the nation's second president. Learn about John Adams and the important events during his presidency, including the Alien and Sedition Acts, the XYZ Affair, and the Midnight Appointments.
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