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Ch 19: Understanding the U.S. Constitution

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Learn about the U.S. Constitution with the help of the lessons in this chapter. Watch videos and take self-assessment quizzes in order to master the topics that you will encounter in this chapter.

Understanding the U.S. Constitution - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will explore topics related to the U.S. Constitution. This is something that still affects Americans to this day, and it details the rights people have in America. When you complete this chapter, you will be familiar with the following topics:

  • Why the Articles of Confederation were not enough
  • Information about The Great Compromise and reasons why the Articles were not amended
  • Arguments of the Federalists
  • The view of the Anti-Federalists
  • Importance of the Federalist Papers
  • Ratification and the root of political parties
  • Details about the U.S. Constitution
  • Events that contributed to the Bill of Rights

These concepts are taught by knowledgeable instructors who designed these brief and informative lessons for you. The videos in the lesson are no longer than 10 minutes each and come with a timeline feature. This allows you to jump around the lesson to parts you want to focus more on. In addition, each lesson is accompanied by a transcript with terms and phrases in bold for emphasis.

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: Understanding the U.S. Constitution
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The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

1. 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.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

2. 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.

Federalists: Definition, Arguments & Views

3. 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.

Anti-Federalists: Definition, Views & Leaders

4. Anti-Federalists: Definition, Views & Leaders

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of the Anti-Federalists. You'll also learn about their views in opposition to the Constitution drafted in 1787 and about prominent leaders in the movement.

The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

5. 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.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

6. 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.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

7. 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.

The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

8. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.

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