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F1 Political and Intellectual Transformations

U3 USHG 3 Revolution and the New Nation

  • U3.3 Explain the challenges faced by the new nation and analyze the development of the Constitution as a new plan for governing.

    • 8 - U3.3.1 Explain the reasons for the adoption and subsequent failure of the Articles of Confederation (e.g., why its drafters created a weak central government, challenges the nation faced under the Articles, Shays' Rebellion, disputes over western lands).

    • 8 - U3.3.2 Identify economic and political questions facing the nation during the period of the Articles of Confederation and the opening of the Constitutional Convention.

    • 8 - U3.3.3 Describe the major issues debated at the Constitutional Convention including the distribution of political power, conduct of foreign affairs, rights of individuals, rights of states, election of the executive, and slavery as a regional and federal issue.

    • 8 - U3.3.4 Explain how the new constitution resolved (or compromised) the major issues including sharing, separating, and checking of power among federal government institutions, dual sovereignty (state-federal power), rights of individuals, the Electoral College, the Three-Fifths Compromise, and the Great Compromise.

    • 8 - U3.3.5 Analyze the debates over the ratification of the Constitution from the perspectives of Federalists and Anti-Federalists and describe how the states ratified the Constitution.

    • 8 - U3.3.6 Explain how the Bill of Rights reflected the concept of limited government, protections of basic freedoms, and the fear of many Americans of a strong central government.

    • 8 - U3.3.7 Using important documents (e.g., Mayflower Compact, Iroquois Confederacy, Common Sense, Declaration of Independence, Northwest Ordinance, Federalist Papers), describe the historical and philosophical origins of constitutional government in the United States using the ideas of social compact, limited government, natural rights, right of revolution, separation of powers, bicameralism, republicanism, and popular participation in government.

U4 USHG 4 Expansion and Reform (1792-1861)

  • U4.1 Analyze the challenges the new government faced and the role of political and social leaders in meeting these challenges.

    • 8 - U4.1.1 Use Washington's Farewell Address to analyze the most significant challenges the new nation faced and the extent to which subsequent Presidents heeded Washington's advice.

    • 8 - U4.1.2 Explain the changes in America's relationships with other nations by analyzing treaties with American Indian nations, Jay's Treaty (1795), French Revolution, Pinckney's Treaty (1795), Louisiana Purchase, War of 1812, Transcontinental Treaty (1819), and the Monroe Doctrine.

    • 8 - U4.1.3 Explain how political parties emerged out of the competing ideas, experiences, and fears of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton (and their followers), despite the worries the Founders had concerning the dangers of political division, by analyzing disagreements over

      • relative power of the national government (e.g., Whiskey Rebellion, Alien and Sedition Acts)

      • foreign relations (e.g., French Revolution, relations with Great Britain)

      • economic policy (e.g., the creation of a national bank, assumption of revolutionary debt)

    • 8 - U4.1.4 Explain the development of the power of the Supreme Court through the doctrine of judicial review as manifested in Marbury v. Madison (1803) and the role of Chief Justice John Marshall and the Supreme Court in interpreting the power of the national government (e.g., McCullouch v. Maryland, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, Gibbons v. Ogden).

  • U4.2 Describe and analyze the nature and impact of the territorial, demographic, and economic growth in the first three decades of the new nation using maps, charts, and other evidence.

    • 8 - U4.2.1 Compare and contrast the social and economic systems of the Northeast and the South with respect to geography and climate and the development of

      • agriculture, including changes in productivity, technology, supply and demand, and price

      • industry, including entrepreneurial development of new industries, such as textiles

      • the labor force including labor incentives and changes in labor forces

      • transportation including changes in transportation (steamboats and canal barges) and impact on economic markets and prices

      • immigration and the growth of nativism

      • race relations

      • class relations

    • 8 - U4.2.2 Explain the ideology of the institution of slavery, its policies, and consequences.

    • 8 - U4.2.3 Explain the expansion, conquest, and settlement of the West through the Louisiana Purchase, the removal of American Indians (Trail of Tears) from their native lands, the growth of a system of commercial agriculture, and the idea of Manifest Destiny.

    • 8 - U4.2.4 Develop an argument based on evidence about the positive and negative consequences of territorial and economic expansion on American Indians. the institution of slavery, and the relations between free and slaveholding states.

  • U4.3 Analyze the growth of antebellum American reform movements.

    • 8 - U4.3.1 Explain the origins of the American education system and Horace Mann's campaign for free compulsory public education.

    • 8 - U4.3.2 Describe the formation and development of the abolitionist movement by considering the roles of key abolitionist leaders (e.g., John Brown and the armed resistance, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass), and the response of southerners and northerners to the abolitionist movement.

    • 8 - U4.3.3 Analyze the antebellum women's rights (and suffrage) movement by discussing the goals of its leaders (e.g., Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton) and comparing the Seneca Falls Resolution with the Declaration of Independence.

    • 8 - U4.3.4 Analyze the goals and effects of the antebellum temperance movement.

    • 8 - U4.3.5 Evaluate the role of religion in shaping antebellum reform movements.

U5 USHG 5 Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)

U6 USHG 6 Grade 8 begins to address trends and patterns in the last half of the 19th century, through 1898.

  • U6.1 Analyze the major changes in communication, transportation, demography, and urban centers, including the location and growth of cities linked by industry and trade, in last half of the 19th century.

    • 8 - U6.1.1 America at Century's End – Compare and contrast the United States in 1800 with the United States in 1898 focusing on similarities and differences in

      • territory, including the size of the United States and land use

      • population, including immigration, reactions to immigrants, and the changing demographic structure of rural and urban America

      • systems of transportation (canals and railroads, including the Transcontinental Railroad), and their impact on the economy and society

      • governmental policies promoting economic development (e.g., tariffs, banking, land grants and mineral rights, the Homestead Act)

      • economic change, including industrialization, increased global competition, and their impact on conditions of farmers and industrial workers

      • the treatment of African Americans, including the rise of segregation in the South as endorsed by the Supreme Court's decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, and the response of African Americans

      • the policies toward American Indians, including removal, reservations, the Dawes Act of 1887, and the response of American Indians

  • U6.2 Use the historical perspective to investigate a significant historical topic from United States History Eras 3-6 that also has significance as an issue or topic in the United States today.

    • 8 - U6.2.1 Use historical perspectives to analyze issues in the United States from the past and the present; conduct research on a historical issue or topic, identify a connection to a contemporary issue, and present findings (e.g., oral, visual, video, or electronic presentation, persuasive essay, or research paper); include causes and consequences of the historical action and predict possible consequences of the contemporary action.

Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement

  • P3.1 Identifying and Analyzing Issues, Decision Making, Persuasive Communication About a Public Issue, and Citizen Involvement

    • 8 - P3.1.1 Identify, research, analyze, discuss, and defend a position on a national public policy issue.

      • Identify a national public policy issue.

      • Clearly state the issue as a question of public policy orally or in written form.

      • Use inquiry methods to trace the origins of the issue and to acquire data about the issue.

      • Generate and evaluate alternative resolutions to the public issue and analyze various perspectives (causes, consequences, positive and negative impact) on the issue.

      • Identify and apply core democratic values or constitutional principles.

      • Share and discuss findings of research and issue analysis in group discussions and debates.

      • Compose a persuasive essay justifying the position with a reasoned argument.

      • Develop an action plan to address or inform others about the issue

  • P4.2 Act constructively to further the public good.

    • 8 - P4.2.1 Demonstrate knowledge of how, when, and where individuals would plan and conduct activities intended to advance views in matters of public policy, report the results, and evaluate effectiveness.

    • 8 - P4.2.2 Engage in activities intended to contribute to solving a national or international problem studied.

    • 8 - P4.2.3 Participate in projects to help or inform others (e.g., service learning projects).