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The Virginia Dynasty
From 1801-1825 the country was in the early developmental stages of becoming an independent nation. While studying these presidents, we'll learn about the development of important system, such as the Supreme Court, public schools and the economy. Lessons will wrap up by looking towards the second generation of politicians.
The election of 1800 was a disputed election which ushered in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Learn about the man and his ideas in these lessons. We'll look at important events during his career, such as the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Essex Junto. Also look at how he was involved in completing Washington D.C. and study problems he dealt with, like the Napoleonic Wars, the Embargo of 1807 and the Barbary pirates.
During the presidency of James Madison was the War of 1812. Learn about Madison's work after the war, his post-war policies that put a stop to the piracy problems and Madison's economic reforms. Though they are considered quite controversial, they began the 'Era of Good Feelings'. Then, with an introduction to the Monroe Doctrine, you'll begin your study of James Monroe. See this president's challenges and accomplishments, including the Rush-Bagot Treaty, the Adams-Onis Treaty and the Depression of 1819.
Watch lessons that discuss John Marshall's Supreme Court and the landmark decision that helped to form our country's judiciary segment. We also cover economic expansion and influential factors as the country progressed - such as slavery, immigration and corporations. Also learn about industrialization of the country. Find out the inventions that were critical to the factory system. Wrap up these lessons with a study of Henry Clay and how he influenced the second generation of politicians.
1. President Jefferson's Election and Jeffersonian Democracy
The election of 1800 highlighted serious problems with the American election process but ended in a win for Thomas Jefferson. Explore the details of President Jefferson's Election and his platform of Jeffersonian Democracy.
2. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More
Thomas Jefferson's presidency was notable with many major accomplishments. Explore Jefferson's presidency and learn about the significance and the controversies of the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Essex Junto, the Burr Conspiracy.
3. Barbary Pirates, Napoleonic Wars and Embargo of 1807
The Napoleonic Wars were a series of conflicts in the early 19th century between France and other European Powers. While the United States initially took a neutral stance, they became involved due to the impact of the conflicts on American financial interests. Explore the effects of the Napoleonic Wars on the United States, the role that President Jefferson played in the First Barbary War and the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair and the significance of the Embargo Act of 1807.
4. President Madison and the War of 1812
James Madison was president of the United States during the War of 1812. Explore the issues America was facing at the time Madison was elected, discover key people and their significance to the war, and learn about the important battles.
5. James Madison After the War of 1812: The Era of Good Feelings
After the War of 1812, the United States entered a period known as The Era of Good Feelings. Learn how the War of 1812, as well as the Second Barbary War, helped lead to this period. Understand President James Madison's role in this, including how the period was influenced by Madison's economic policies and his perspective on Native Americans. Explore events at the British fortress occupied by runaway slaves.
6. James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine
As our nation's fifth president, James Monroe left an enduring legacy, including foreign policy changes that were sustained for almost a century after he left office. Learn about James Monroe and explore the important events during his presidency, including the Monroe Doctrine, the Missouri Compromise, and the fall of the Federalist Party.
7. John Marshall's Supreme Court During the Virginia Dynasty
From 1801 to 1835, during the Virginia Dynasty, John Marshall served as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn how Marshall shaped the judicial branch of government and left a lasting legacy that continues to impact court decisions and citizens' rights. Explore cases such as Marbury v. Madison, Fletcher v. Peck, and McCulloch v. Maryland.
8. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations
The economic and population expansion of the United States in the 1800s was tremendous. Learn about how slavery and immigration increased the population and how the evolvement of transportation and corporations influenced economic expansion.
9. American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution
American Industrialization included the factory system and the so-called Market Revolution. Learn about the market economy, the beginning of America's factories, Eli Whitney's invention, and how technology transformed western agriculture.
10. Education in Early America: Birth of Public Schools and Universities
The Education Reform Movement in early America provided a platform that led to the birth of public schools and universities. Explore the lasting impacts of the reform movement on public education in the United States.
11. Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820
The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was a United States legislation that admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state. The significance of the compromise was that it sought to maintain balance between slave and free states in the Union. Learn about the role Henry Clay played in the enactment of the Missouri Compromise, the effects of the legislation, and Thomas Jefferson's arguments in the debate.
12. Primary Source: The Missouri Compromise
During the early 1800s, the United States was split between two fierce, opposing political ideologies: pro-slavery and anti-slavery. Slavery helped to power the agrarian economy of the Southern states, while Northern states abolished the practice of slavery.
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Other chapters within the History 103: US History I course
- First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE)
- Settling North America (1497-1732)
- The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)
- The American Revolution (1775-1783)
- The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)
- Jacksonian Democracy (1825 -- 1850)
- Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)
- Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)
- Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)
- American Civil War (1861-1865)
- Reconstruction (1865-1877)
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