Ch 6: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Birth of the U.S.

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to refresh your understanding of the early history of the United States and its foundational years as part of your preparation for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Birth of the U.S. - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will learn about the beginnings of the United States of America to strengthen your knowledge as you get ready for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies test. These lessons will explain the development of state constitutions, the presidencies of George Washington and John Adams, and many more significant topics, including:

  • Impact and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
  • Constitutional Convention and development and ratification of the U.S. Constitution
  • Explanation and purpose of the Bill of Rights
  • Federalists, Republicans, and the beginnings of America's two-party political system
  • The French Revolution and America's early international affairs
  • Domestic and foreign affairs including the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers

You will be led through this chapter by an expert instructor who aims to educate you about the early years of American government through creative and informative video lessons. Each lesson is accompanied by a full transcript that highlights key terminology that will prove beneficial in your studies.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Birth of the U.S. - Chapter Objectives

To become a certified middle school social studies teacher in many states, you must demonstrate your knowledge of this subject by passing the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. Roughly 22 of the exam's questions relate specifically to United States history, potentially including the significance of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, domestic and international affairs, and the two-party system. You may use these lessons to thoroughly review these topics in preparation for the exam. Additionally, you may use the quizzes at the end of each lesson to practice using your knowledge to answer questions.

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Birth of the U.S.
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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.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

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.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

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.

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

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.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

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.

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

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.

George Washington and the New United States Government

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.

Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

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.

The French Revolution, Jay Treaty and Treaty of San Lorenzo

10. The French Revolution, Jay Treaty and Treaty of San Lorenzo

In the U.S., early foreign affairs were of incredible importance. For the young nation to survive, they had to exist in a world with tense relations. Should the new nation get involved in foreign wars? How do they negotiate with foreign powers? This lesson looks at the early foreign relations of the United States.

The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers

11. 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.

President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair

12. 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.

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