🚀 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)
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May 29, 2020
Another John Trumbull piece commissioned for the Capitol in 1817, this painting depicts what would be remembered as the moment the new United States became a republic. On December 23, 1783, George Washington, widely considered the hero of the Revolution, resigned his position as the most powerful man in the former thirteen colonies. Giving up his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Army insured that civilian rule would define the new nation, and that a republic would be set in place rather than a dictatorship. John Trumbull, General George Washington Resigning His Commission, c. 1817-1824. From the Architect of the Capitol.
The American Revolution had a dramatic impact on different groups of people in America and the ideas that people were thinking. Women’s rights, slavery, democracy, equality and freedom of religion were all important ideas during and after the revolution.
The Declaration of Independence stated that “all men were created equal.” What about the women? Abigail Adams, the wife of President John Adams, was a noted advocate for women in this period writing to him to "remember the ladies."
Most women of the American Revolution still did traditional domestic work. Republicanism meant that one should be a good citizen and be civic-minded. Women could fulfill this duty by being a good mother to their children.
“Republican motherhood” would thus evolve as a consequence of the Revolution. This term represents a belief that mothers were responsible for raising children to practice the principles of republicanism (a representative democratic government), thus making them perfect citizens of a new country. Women were valuable in raising good children as their civic duty.
Equality was an important concept associated with the Revolution. Colonial society disliked kings, primogeniture laws of inheritance and the aristocracy. Democracy was the buzzword.
However, slavery was still rampant in the colonies. America was not ready to take on this “peculiar institution” because it would have divided a country that just united in a war.
But the beginnings of the abolition of slavery were evident in the Revolution. The first antislavery society was begun by the Quakers in Philadelphia in 1775. Some northern colonies would abolish slavery.
Finally, the separation of church and state was another result of the Revolution. Thomas Jefferson helped to pass the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786, which allowed people to worship their own religion of choice.
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The ideals of the American Revolution would later spread to other countries who would rebel against tyranny and authority. These revolutions took place in France, Haiti, Europe, and Latin America.
The most prominent revolution was the French Revolution in 1789. The Third Estate of France was fed up with King Louis XVI policies and the poverty he created. The Declaration of the Rights of Man were created, which was similar to the Declaration of Independence. A whole new political order based on democracy was established.
On the Caribbean island of Haiti, Haitian slaves would embrace the ideals of both the American Revolution and the French Revolution in rebelling against their French masters. The Haitians would get their freedom from France in 1804.
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