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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 presidential election of 1800 was a rematch between President John Adams and Vice President Thomas Jefferson. An electoral tie between Jefferson and his running mate forced the House of Representatives to decide. The election inaugurated 24 years of political dominance for the Democratic-Republican Party.
2. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More
Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.
3. Barbary Pirates, Napoleonic Wars and Embargo of 1807
Throughout President Jefferson's two terms in office, his foreign policy revolved around war in Europe. Despite his attempts to remain neutral, American ships were drawn into conflict that demanded the president's response.
4. President Madison and the War of 1812
Though often overlooked in the annals of American history, the War of 1812 was really a landmark event for a young nation finding its footing amidst a global power struggle. Watch our lesson to follow President James Madison and the War of 1812 into the inky shadows of history.
5. James Madison After the War of 1812: The Era of Good Feelings
What do African pirates, American highways and British forts all have in common? President Madison paid attention to all of them in the 'Era of Good Feelings.'
6. James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine
Can you imagine a time when there was only one political party in the United States? Find out why James Monroe was one of the nation's most popular presidents during his lifetime and learn about his foreign policy that endured for nearly a century.
7. John Marshall's Supreme Court During the Virginia Dynasty
Think old Supreme Court cases don't relate to your life today? Under the leadership of Chief Justice John Marshall, the Supreme Court made many landmark decisions that shaped the American judicial system - including the rights of citizens - and affect the most important cases in the country to this day.
8. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations
Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.
9. American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution
New agricultural technology revolutionized the North, South and West. In this lesson, learn how that technology ushered in the Market Revolution in America.
10. Education in Early America: Birth of Public Schools and Universities
During the early and mid-1800s, education reformers pushed to establish free public schools throughout the U.S. Their efforts also led to the establishment of American universities and the first generation of American writers.
11. Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820
In 1819, Missouri applied for statehood, threatening to tip the balance of senatorial power in favor of the slave states. Find out how Henry Clay resolved the matter for the next 30 years.
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)
- Studying for History 103