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Ch 1: STAAR US History: Independence & the Founding Fathers

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With this chapter you will be able to prepare for questions on the STAAR US History test about John Hancock, John Peter Muhlenberg, Charles Carroll, and other founding fathers behind the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

STAAR US History: Independence & the Founding Fathers - Chapter Summary

As part of a study guide course for the STAAR US History test, this chapter will help you review the contributions of some of the US founding fathers, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Follow along with our professional instructors to review:

  • Roles John Hancock played in the American Revolution
  • John Jay's role in establishing foreign affairs of the US
  • How Benjamin Rush, John Witherspoon and Charles Carroll supported the American Revolution
  • The political and military leadership of John Peter Muhlenberg and Jonathan Trumball
  • Motivations and legacy of the Declaration of Independence
  • Main components of the Declaration of Independence
  • Purpose and functions of the US Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights and its importance

Each lesson has been composed by a professional instructor and is mobile device compatible so that you may have an effective and mobile way to study the history of American independence. After each lesson, you may take a short lesson quiz to test how well you understand the material covered in it. When you have completed the lessons and quizzes of this chapter, you may also take the practice chapter exam to measure your overall understanding of the chapter.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: STAAR US History: Independence & the Founding Fathers
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Who are the Founding Fathers of America? - History & Facts

1. Who are the Founding Fathers of America? - History & Facts

In this lesson, we will learn who America's 'Founding Fathers' were. We will explore their contributions and discuss the term 'Founding Fathers' as it is commonly used.

John Hancock: Facts, Biography & History

2. John Hancock: Facts, Biography & History

John Hancock was the first president of the Second Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the first Governor of Massachusetts. He played a leading role in many events of the American Revolution.

Federalist John Jay: History & Facts

3. Federalist John Jay: History & Facts

In this lesson, we'll learn about the first Chief Justice of the United States: John Jay. We'll take a look at his accomplishments in foreign affairs, explore his other contributions to the young American Republic, and discover why he's an important Founding Father.

Benjamin Rush's Role in the American Enlightenment

4. Benjamin Rush's Role in the American Enlightenment

In this lesson we will learn about American Founding Father Benjamin Rush. We will highlight his achievements and we will explore his role in the American Enlightenment.

John Witherspoon's Role in the Revolutionary War

5. John Witherspoon's Role in the Revolutionary War

In this lesson, we will learn about the role John Witherspoon played in the Revolutionary War. We will learn about his life, highlight his accomplishments, and understand why he was an important figure in the American Revolution.

American Revolutionary John Peter Muhlenberg

6. American Revolutionary John Peter Muhlenberg

Although you may not have heard of him, clergyman John Peter Muhlenberg was a very influential person during the American Revolution who played a variety of roles. Learn about the life and accomplishments of this American Patriot.

Charles Carroll's Political Role in the American Revolution

7. Charles Carroll's Political Role in the American Revolution

In this lesson we will learn about Charles Carroll. We will highlight the key events and achievements in his life and explore his role in the American Revolution.

Jonathan Trumbull: Counselor & Governor

8. Jonathan Trumbull: Counselor & Governor

This lesson will discuss the life of the American patriot, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. We will highlight his key achievements, including his roles as an aide to General Washington and as the governor of Connecticut.

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

9. 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.

The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

10. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

11. 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

12. 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.

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