🚀 Thematic Guides
Theme 1 (NAT) - American and National Identity
Theme 2 (WXT) - Work, Exchange, and Technology
Theme 3 (GEO) - Geography and The Environment
Theme 4 (MIG) - Migration and Settlement
Theme 5 (PCE) - Politics and Power
Theme 7 (ARC) - American and Regional Culture
Theme 8 (SOC): Social Structures
🌽 Unit 1: 1491-1607
1.1Context: European Encounters in the Americas
1.6Cultural Interactions Between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans
🦃 Unit 2: 1607-1754
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Contextualization
2.3The Regions of the British Colonies
2.5Interactions between Native Americans and Europeans
2.6Slavery in the Colonies
🔫 Unit 3: 1754-1800
3.6The Influence of Revolutionary Ideals
3.10Shaping a New Republic
🐎 Unit 4: 1800-1848
4.2The Rise of Political Parties and the Era of Jefferson
4.3Politics and Regional Interests
4.8Jackson and Federal Power
4.9The Development of an American Culture
4.10The Second Great Awakening
4.11the age of reform
4.12African Americans in the Early Republic
💣 Unit 5: 1844-1877
5.5Sectional Conflict: Regional Differences
5.6Failure of Compromise
5.7Election of 1860 and Secession
5.9Government Policies during the Civil War
🚂 Unit 6: 1865-1898
6.2Westward Expansion: Economic Development
6.3Westward Expansion Social and Cultural Development
6.6The Rise of Industrial Capitalism
6.7Labor in the Gilded Age
6.9Responses to Immigration
🌎 Unit 7: 1890-1945
7.0Unit 7 Overview: Contextualization
7.3The Spanish-American War
7.5World War I: Military and Diplomacy
7.6World War I: Home Front
7.81920s: Cultural and Political Controversies
7.9The Great Depression
7.10The New Deal
7.11Interwar Foreign Policy
7.12World War II: Mobilization
🥶 Unit 8: 1945-1980
8.2The Cold War from 1945-1980
8.3The Red Scare
8.4Economy after 1945
8.6Early Steps in the Civil Rights Movement
8.7America as a World Power
8.8The Vietnam War
8.10The African American Civil Rights Movement
8.11The Expansion of the Civil Rights Movement
📲 Unit 9: 1980-Present
9.0Unit 9 Overview: Contextualization
9.2Reagan and Conservatism
9.3The End of the Cold War
9.6Challenges of the 21st Century
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
📋 Short Answer Questions (SAQ)
⏱️ 2 min read
May 29, 2020
Who was responsible for creating the Constitution? Twelve states sent delegates, with Rhode Island being absent. Fifty-five white males were appointed by their state legislatures. All of these men owned property and came from a wealthier class.
James Madison was a central figure in the reconfiguration of the national government. Madison’s Virginia Plan was a guiding document in the formation of a new government under the Constitution. John Vanderlyn, Portrait of James Madison, 1816. Wikimedia.
Thomas Jefferson called these men “demigods.” Many of these highly respected men were lawyers and had experience in creating state constitutions. James Madison had spent years studying world history, Enlightenment texts, and political writings and used that information for a plan for the new Constitution. As a result, he is often given the title “Father of the Constitution”.
George Washington was elected as the chairman. James Madison, Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton all played key roles. Notable absentees were Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Sam Adams and Thomas Paine. None of these men came from the poorer masses.
🎥 Watch: AP US History - Jefferson v. Hamilton
A brand new structure was put in place. The Articles were scrapped. The main staple was the three branches of government: the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Each branch had significant power but still had limits that could be checked by the other two branches.
The President was commander in chief of the military, had veto power over laws and appointed judges for life. The delegates created safeguards against the potential for “mob” rule. The election of the president via the Electoral College and the indirect election of senators placed limits on the masses.
Congress could collect taxes and regulate foreign and domestic trade. The Constitution was easier to amend than the Articles.
🎥 Watch: AP US History - The Constitutional Debate
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