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The Start of the United States - Chapter Summary
How much do you know about the start of the United States? This chapter can help you find out! Lessons provide an in-depth exploration of important events in U.S. history, including North American exploration, the American Revolution and creation of the Articles of Confederation. Take time to review these lessons to boost your knowledge of this nation's beginning. Doing so enables you to:
- Describe influential North American explorers and their failed attempts to establish New World colonies
- Discuss the Mayflower voyage and misplaced Plymouth Colony
- Share the timeline, major events and social and economic impact of the American Revolution
- Provide details about the Articles of Confederation and Northwest Ordinance
- Detail the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion
- Explain what occurred during the Constitutional Convention
- Examine the ratification of the Constitution and the new U.S. government
- Summarize and discuss the history of the Federalist Papers
If you're concerned about your ability to squeeze this review of the start of the United States into your busy schedule, don't worry! This chapter enables you to review the lessons anytime and anywhere you can access the Internet. Ensure you have a good grasp of concepts covered in the lessons by revisiting them as often as you'd like. And test your knowledge of lesson concepts by taking short multiple-choice quizzes and a practice chapter exam.
1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas
Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.
2. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England
Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.
3. The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement
Find out how much you know about the Pilgrims and their voyage. In this lesson, you'll learn about the misplaced Plymouth Colony, its escaped indentured servants, and the Wampanoag Indians who saved their lives.
4. The American Revolution: Timeline & Major Events
In this lesson, we will take a big-picture look at the American Revolution. We will place it within the context of a timeline, and we will highlight major events and themes.
5. American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact
Learn about the impact of the Revolutionary War throughout the world, especially on various segments of American society. We'll look at political, social, and economic impacts.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary
The Federalist Papers were a collection of political essays from the 18th century written by several Founding Fathers of the United States. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the Federalist Papers and why they are still important today.
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