Study Guide (Chapter 1 - 11)

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Study Guide (Chapter 1 - 11)


History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals centers on the five founding ideals from the Declaration of Independence: equality, rights, liberty, opportunity, and democracy. Each generation has struggled with these ideals. Some have made little progress toward achieving them. Others have made great progress. This program invites students to become engaged in this struggle, from establishing an American republic to the making of modern America.



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Era 1 Establishing an American Republic

Chapter 1: What Is History?

What is history, and why should we study it? Experiential Exercise

Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of California, the United States and other nations: Apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation.

Compare competing historical interpretations of an event.

Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States: Understand how social systems form and develop over time.

Analyze major cultural exchanges of the past (e.g., Colombian exchange, the Silk Road, the Crusades).

Chapter 2: Defining and Debating America's Founding Ideals

What are America's founding ideals7, and why are they important? Writing for Understanding

Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.

Analyze the ideological origins of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers' philosophy of divinely bestowed unalienable natural rights, the debates on the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and the addition of the Bill of Rights.

Thomas Jefferson set forth a vision of a new nation based on ideals

Principle or standard of perfection that we are always trying to achieve

Ideals were written about and discussed by many colonists before the Declaration

Since then, Americans have sometimes fought for and sometimes ignored these ideals

British Impose New Regulations and Taxes

The French and Indian War (1754-1763)

British colonies gained new territory after winning the war

Britain now had to control a larger empire and wanted to prevent further conflict with the tribes who had been France's allies

Proclamation of 1763- declared that colonists could not settle west of the Appalachian Mts. Colonist continued to move west

Britain built forts and sent more troops to maintain peace

It thought colonists should pay the expense, but colonists thought they could defend themselves

Colonists mistrusted having a large British army in their midst during peacetime

Britain imposes taxes

Sugar Act

Stamp Act

Required colonists to buy a stamp for every piece of paper they used

Newspapers and documents had to be printed on stamped paper

Colonists argue that as British citizens they could be directly taxed only by their ...
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