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- Discuss the creation of state constitutions following the American Revolution.
- Become familiar with the Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance.
- Examine the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
- Learn about the compromises made when creating the Constitution.
- Explore the new U.S. government.
- Take a look at the structure of the U.S. Constitution.
- Become familiar with the Bill of Rights.
- Discuss George Washington's role in the new U.S. government.
- Learn about the opposition between Hamilton and the Federalists and Jefferson and the Republicans.
- Understand which international conflicts threatened the political stability of the new nation.
- Examine the domestic challenges the new nation faced.
- Explore the accomplishments and controversies of John Adams's presidency.
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 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.
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.
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.
13. Benjamin Banneker: Biography, Facts & Inventions
Learn about the great African American scientist, mathematician, and inventor, Benjamin Banneker. His life, career, and legacy are a testament to the great mental improvement one can achieve.
14. Federalists: Definition, Arguments & Views
Define the Federalists, learn about the historical background over the ratification of the Constitution, and understand the arguments and views of the Federalists in their support of the new Constitution.
15. The Great Compromise of 1787: Definition & Explanation
The originators of the Great Compromise faced demanding challenges in creating a lasting governmental structure. Learn how they overcame their differences and shaped what became the basic government of the United States.
16. Who Was John Adams? - Facts & Overview
Read about the remarkable life of John Adams, including his role in drafting and promoting the Declaration of Independence. Learn about his relationship with Thomas Jefferson, and test your understanding of Adams's key historical roles with a quiz.
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