1. New Beginnings: Colonial America

Review the following documents


The New American Identity


Puritan Order in New England

·      1637:Ann Hutchinson         

·       1639: Fundamental Orders of CT

·        1692: Salem Witch Trials


The Colonial Economy: Discuss how Mercantilism and Salutary Neglect affected colonial development


2.  Establishing the American Ideal:


The influence of the Enlightment Philosophers:

·         John Locke’s  Political Theory against Royal Absolutism

·         Thomas Paine’s Common Sense


The Road to Revolution Events: Know them in order

Events to be examined:








The Loyalist Vision:

§         John Chalmers’ Plain Truth (How does he respond to Paine’s Common Sense? What is the loyalist vision of America?)

The Declaration of Independence

·     Thomas Jefferson


 The Articles of Confederation:


The United States Constitution:


  1. Promoting the American Ideal:


Westward Expansion: Know the following


  1. To what extent did the spirit of manifest destiny give a new stridency to the ideas of racial superiority? Specific examples of political policy that support this claim.  Know: Cultural Misunderstanding/Native American “Problem”

Possible Documents:




  1. Why did the expansion of slavery become such a divisive political issue by the 1840s? Hint: Acquisition of territories 1803-1850; Possible documents: Dred Scott, Kansas-Nebraska, John Brown



  1. What were the main effects of the Compromise of 1850? How was this a Constitutional crisis for the United States?



Identify and state the historical significance


Colonial America

1.      William Bradford

Ann Hutchinson

Cotton Mather

Ben Franklin

Road to Revolution

5.      Abigail Adams

Thomas Jefferson

Crispus Atticus

John Chalmers

9.      Alexander Hamilton

Patrick Henry

James Madison

Thomas Paine

Describe and State the historical significance of the following:

Colonial America (choose 3)


Proprietor Colony

The Virginia Company

Indentured Servitude

Salem Witch Trials

Road Revolution

6.      mercantilism

7.      Sons and Daughters of Liberty

8.      First Continental Congress

9.      Common Sense

10.  Declaration of Independence

Establishing the American Ideal: (choose 3)

11.  Articles of Confederation

12.  The Preamble

13.  Checks and Balances

14.  Federalist/Anti Federalist

15.  The Bill of Rights


Essays (Prepare for ALL, I will choose 3)

  1.  What was the impact of the enlightenment thinkers on the development of the U.S. Constitution

  2. "By the 1850's the Constitution originally framed as an instrument of national unity, had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it had created."  Asses the validity of this statement

  3. Discuss the ways in which supporters of slavery in the 19th century used legal, religious, and economic arguments to defend the institution of slavery.

  4.  Determine how slaves were able to create a community life under the constraints of slavery.

  5. Although Americans perceived Manifest Destiny as a benevolent movement, it was in fact an aggressive imperialism pursued at the expense of others." Assess the validity of this statement

  6. How can you account for the fact that white Americans worked to integrate Native Americans into white culture while they were intentionally segregating African Americans?