Lesson 2: Constitutional Development and the New Republic (and the Development of Small-r republicanism)

Lesson 2 – Use its Learning Quiz on the Constitution 1st.

1.      Notice the differences in periods marked with blue.

2.      New nation under the Articles of Confederation

·        New state constitutions (with some states abolishing slavery and some creating state slave codes)

·        Northwest Ordinance, its parts and significance

·        Shays’s Rebellion, causes including financial troubles of the period and consequences

3.      New nation under the Constitution

·        The convention (why a convention?) and major compromises (large state/small state; slavery/ taxation/national voting; electoral college; powers given to Congress/President/national judiciary; and creation of a republic)

·        National protections for slaveholders and the slave trade (protection in addition to state slave codes)

·        Federalist Papers, authors and purpose in ratification

·        Anti-Federalists, who they are and their role in the Bill of Rights (what it that)

·        James Madison, diverse roles in the Constitution and Bill of Rights

4.      President George Washington (1788-1796)

·        President, setting precedents for the office

·        Congress, passing tariffs for income

·        Congress, passing laws establishing the executive departments and national judiciary

·        Congress, passing laws to create the national financial system using Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s plan, including a National Bank (based on “implied powers”)

·        Whiskey Rebellion, causes and suppression

5.      President John Adams (1796-1800) – A difficult time spent primarily keeping us out of a European War and dealing with partisan politics.


How Did the Constitution Develop

Click here for Major Issues in Development of the Constitution. Link Address: http://www.cjbibus.com/1783_1787_Major_Issues_Const_COMPLETED.pdf

The link provides:

·        What Problems Are the Constitution’s Framers Trying to Solve or What Solutions Are They Trying to Keep?

·        What Happens at the Convention, What Are the Major Factions, Who Is Not Represented, and What Are the Major Structures of Government?

·        How Does the Ratification of the Constitution Occur?

·        What Are the Clauses on Republican Government and on Slavery in the Constitution? (Caution: There is no 13th Amendment ending slavery until 1865.)

The Republic (1789-1800) and the Development of Small-r republicanism

This is a different kind of visual. It shows all of the issues going at one time. It provides a way for you to see in chronological order at one time foreign policy and domestic policy. You can see interconnections.

Click here for the Chronological Events of the New Republic. Link Address: http://www.cjbibus.com/1789_1800_New_Republic.htm

Optional Reference (But Applicable to All of the Remaining Content in the Unit):

Link Address: http://www.cjbibus.com/Sum_Rev_Trend_large_font.htm

Link Address: http://www.cjbibus.com/1789_Slavery_in_time_context.htm

Link Address: http://www.cjbibus.com/1789_1876_Sum_Poli_Parties.htm



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