Week 1.4

Week 1.4: Creating a New Nation

(Block B: 10/10-10/14) (Block A: 10/17-10/21)

Readings and Resources

  1. Davis and Mintz Part 6: “Creating a New Nation”
  2. Online Study Guide: 1754-1800 https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/topics/sat-us-history-study-guide-1754-1800
  3. Online Study Video: http://ap.gilderlehrman.org/ Period 3: 1754-1800.
  4. Crash Course US History: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwmepBjTSG593eG7ObzO7s 
  5. “The Early Republic” by Joseph J. Ellis. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/early-republic/essays/early-republic
  6. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/alexander-hamilton-online-exhibition
  7. “The History of American Political Parties” by L. Sandy Maisel (p.22-31)
  8. The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/elections.php  


All readings, viewed media, and other content should be accompanied by appropriate notes. You must use the Library of Congress Analysis Form, annotate directly onto text, or provide other verifiable evidence of your notes. This will be reviewed during Scored Discussions, Portfolio Work, and Short Writing assignments.


Discussion Points & Terms

  1. The new Federal government created by the Constitution took new initiative in creating a centralized economic policy and was met with resistance and debate.
  2. The United States navigated domestic and international debate over relationships with France and Great Britain as the young country attempted to reconcile international trade and support the principles of revolution that had spread abroad.
  3. Political parties took form in the United States first as an extension of the ratification debate between Federalist and Anti-Federalist and later as a balance between Federalist and Democratic Republicans under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson. The election of 1800 is a historically close election ultimately decided in the House of Representatives and is the first time power is transferred from one party to another in American history.

Quiz: Block A: 10/13 - Block B: 10/20

Document Based Multiple Choice (10 pts)


Portfolio Project: Block B (10/14), Block A (10/21)

  1. Midterm historical analysis project. See attached assignment. 40 points.

Honors Essay:

  1. Choose one of the two following articles and write a 5-7 paragraph responsive essay that includes supportive detail from the source as well as resources from this past week's readings. Select one of the 12 Powerful Words to guide your review of the article.
    1. “Declaration of Independence in a Global Perspective” https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/road-revolution/essays/declaration-independence-global-perspective
    2. “Economic Policy Through The Lens of History” https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/economics/essays/economic-policy-through-lens-history