About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering world history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about U.S. political and revolutionary leaders. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with U.S. politics and social reform
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the U.S. Political & Revolutionary Leaders chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the U.S. Political & Revolutionary Leaders chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any world history question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about U.S. political and revolutionary leaders for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:
- The early American presidencies of Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton
- Robert E. Lee and the end of the Civil War
- Accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln's presidency
- Ulysses S. Grant's successes and failures as president
- Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Era political agenda
- The successes and failures of Reaganomics
- John F. Kennedy's biography
- The biography and speeches of Malcolm X
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights activism
- George W. Bush's presidency
1. General Robert E. Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse: Terms & Conditions
In this lesson, we will explore the events leading up to Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9th, 1865.
2. Abraham Lincoln: Presidency, Accomplishments & Assassination
In this lesson, we will meet Abraham Lincoln, the Illinois rail-splitter and general store owner who eventually became the sixteenth president of the United States.
3. President Ulysses S. Grant: Election, Successes and Corruption
Ulysses S. Grant, the Union hero of the Civil War, was elected in 1868, the last U.S. president to have been a slave owner. Despite his popularity, the nation faced social, economic and political difficulties, and his administration was shrouded in corruption.
4. Theodore Roosevelt & the Progressives: Definition and Political Agenda
In the early 20th century, the United States had become an increasingly industrialized society. Progressive reformers believed that many social, economic and political issues required federal government regulation. Learn how Progressive Era reformers, including President Theodore Roosevelt and his Square Deal, worked to correct problems that accompanied this rapid development and expansion.
5. Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects
'Reaganomics' represented President Ronald Reagan's attempt at energizing the inert American economy following the 1970s. Learn about the program, as well as its successes and failures, in this lesson.
6. George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror
The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States forced President George W. Bush to reappraise his foreign policy. Learn about the tragic day, the Bush Doctrine and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
7. Thomas Jefferson: Facts & Presidency
In this lesson, you'll learn about the key contributions of philosopher, statesman, and third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Read on to learn about his authorship of the Declaration of Independence, his negotiation of the Louisiana Purchase, and his philosophical principles that shaped the early United States.
8. George Washington: Presidency & Facts
In this lesson, we will discuss how George Washington, the first president of the United States, helped shape the office of president. Learn more about how Washington set the stage for future presidents and test your knowledge with a quiz.
9. Alexander Hamilton: Federalist & Founder
Alexander Hamilton helped shape the United States as one of its Founding Fathers. This lesson explores his role in creating and supporting the Constitution, as well as his controversial role as a Federalist.
10. John F. Kennedy: Biography, Facts & Quotes
John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Learn about Kennedy's life and presidency, as well as facts and quotes about him. Conclude your exploration with a short quiz to see what you learned.
11. Malcolm X: Biography, Speeches & Assassination
Malcolm X was one of the most passionate and insightful voices of social change in American history. Read on to learn more about the life of a man who influenced so many others in a time of upheaval.
12. Martin Luther King Jr.: Biography, Facts & Quotes
This lesson takes you on a journey of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. Martin Luther King, Jr. was perhaps the most influential leader of the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
13. General Colin Powell: Biography & Accomplishments
If you are looking for someone who accomplished a lot of firsts, General Colin Powell is your man. He was the first African-American general to become Army Chief-of-Staff and the first African-American Secretary of State. Read on about this remarkable public servant.
14. Who Was Davy Crockett? - Biography & Death at the Alamo
Best known today for the Disney movies inspired by his life, the coonskin hats of the 1950s, and many a tall tale, Davy Crockett was a real man. This lesson examines the true story of Davy Crockett and his place in history.
15. 5 Star Generals in U.S. History
In this lesson we will learn about American five-star generals. We will highlight the accomplishments of these extraordinary military leaders, and we will also explore the history of the 5 star rank.
16. Abraham Van Buren: Biography & Family
In this lesson we explore the life of Abraham Van Buren, eldest son of America's eighth president, Martin Van Buren. Abraham served in both the White House and in the U.S. military.
17. Theodosia Burr Alston: Life & Disappearance
The popularity of the musical 'Hamilton' has increased interest in the lives of America's Founding Fathers. Aaron Burr's daughter, the subject of the song 'Dear Theodosia,' deserves her own story, even with its mysterious ending.
18. William Wells Brown: Biography, Books & Quotes
William Wells Brown was an escaped slave and self-educated writer and speaker. Brown was the first African American to publish a novel, and he was a well-known speaker in American anti-slavery societies.
19. Clotel by William Wells Brown: Summary & Analysis
In a land that proclaimed all are equal, slavery still existed. The tragic tale of Clotel shows just how far the country still had to go to reach equality in the days before the American Civil War. This lesson summarizes and analyizes the novel ''Clotel''.
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