About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of The Virginia Dynasty chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Presidency of Thomas Jefferson||Basis of Jeffersonian democracy, foreign policy and war issues, the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Louisiana Purchase|
|Tuesday||Presidency of James Madison||Causes and outcome of the War of 1812 with Great Britain, the 'Era of Good Feelings' and post-war presidency of James Madison|
|Wednesday||Presidency of James Monroe||Basis of the Monroe Doctrine and the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Marshall, including key decisions|
|Thursday||American economics and industrialization|| Economic and population growth during the 1800s, including the impact of immigration and slavery;|
America's transition to a market economy, invention of the cotton gin and institution of the factory system
|Friday||Education and the Missouri Compromise of 1820||Establishment of public schools and universities in early America;|
Senatorial balance of power between free and slave states and role of Congressman Henry Clay in the Missouri Compromise
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.
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