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1 Colonization (1607-1750): Students will examine the European settlement of North America, geographic features that influenced early colonies, and the social, religious, political, and economic reasons for colonization.

2 The American Revolution (1700-1783): Students will explore the growing tensions between Great Britain and its colonies as well as the major events and outcomes surrounding the American Revolution.

3 The New Nation (1775-1800): Students will explore the foundation of U.S. government, the principles of the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution, and the individuals who played influential roles in the development of the new nation. In addition, students will examine the steps taken by Tennessee to achieve statehood and the initial development of government.

4 Growth of a Young Nation (1800-1820): Students will analyze the strengthening of the judicial branch, the major events of Thomas Jefferson's presidency, the War of 1812, and the role of the U.S. on the world stage.

  • 4.8.29 Analyze the significance of the election of 1800 and Chief Justice John Marshall's opinion in Marbury v. Madison.

  • 4.8.30 Explain the major events of Thomas Jefferson's presidency, including:

    • 4.8.30.a Conflict with the Barbary pirates

    • 4.8.30.b Embargo Act

    • 4.8.30.c Lewis and Clark Expedition

    • 4.8.30.d Louisiana Purchase

  • 4.8.31 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the War of 1812, including:

    • 4.8.31.a Use of impressment and trade restrictions between the U.S. and Great Britain

    • 4.8.31.b Roles of Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison

    • 4.8.31.c Significance of the Treaty of Ghent

    • 4.8.31.d Rise in nationalism in the U.S.

  • 4.8.32 Identify and locate the changing boundaries of the U.S. as a result of the Convention of 1818 and the Adams-Onis Treaty.

  • 4.8.33 Analyze the purpose and effects of the Monroe Doctrine.

5 Sectionalism and Reform (1790s-1850s): Students will analyze the social, political, and economic development of the North and South during the early 19th century, including the growth of sectionalism and reform movements.

6 The Jacksonian Era (1824-1840): Students will analyze the impact of John Marshall on the strengthening of the judicial branch and the major events of Andrew Jackson's presidency.

  • 6.8.44 Analyze the role played by Chief Justice John Marshall in strengthening the judicial branch, including the key decisions of the Supreme Court in Gibbons v. Ogden and McCulloch v. Maryland.

  • 6.8.45 Examine the importance of the elections of 1824 and 1828, including: the corrupt bargain, the spoils system, and Jacksonian Democracy.

  • 6.8.46 Examine President Andrew Jackson's actions regarding the Bank of the U.S. and the Nullification Crisis, and analyze the effects of these events on the nation.

  • 6.8.47 Describe the impact of the Indian Removal Act and the struggle between the Cherokee Nation and the U.S. government, including the significance of Worcester v. Georgia and the Trail of Tears.

  • 6.8.48 Identify that the Tennessee Constitution of 1834 expanded voting rights for non-property owners.

7 Expansion and Division of the Nation (1820s-1860s): Students will analyze the social, political, and economic impact of expansion on the U.S., the growing tensions between the North and South, and how compromise sought to hold the country together.

8 The Civil War (1860-1865): Students will examine the political changes that sparked the Civil War, the differences in the North and South, and the key leaders, events, battles, and daily life during the war.

9 Reconstruction (1865-1877): Students will analyze the social, economic, and political changes and conflicts during Reconstruction, the events and lasting consequences of Reconstruction, and Reconstruction's impact on Tennessee.