• Textbook --> pp. 172 - 176;  192 - 193.
  1. Why was the political system created at the Constitutional Convention viewed as "a bold experiment?"
  2. What immediate judicial problem had to be tackled by the new president and Congress and how did they deal with that problem?
  3. Describe the original Cabinet created by George Washington and the extent to which the president was able to exercise authority over it.
  4. Identify the major views of Hamilton and Jefferson.
  5. How did their views of government and of the people and human nature differ?
  6. What were the components of Hamilton's financial plan for addressing the public debt?
  7. Explain the opposition to each point of Hamilton's financial plan and how resolution was eventually achieved.
  8. How did the Federalists and Republicans differ from each other?
  9. If you had lived in the late 1790s, which party would you have favored and why?
  10. What caused the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794?
  11. Why was the Whiskey Rebellion important for the federal government?
   *  Judiciary Act of 1789    *  Benjamin Banneker   
   *  Alexander Hamilton    *  Republicans
   *  cabinet    *  protective tariff
   *  Report on Public Credit    *  excise tax
   *  National Bank    *  Whiskey Rebellion
   *  Pierre L'Enfant    *  "The Critical Period"
   *  Andrew Ellicott  


  • Textbook --> pp. 177- 181.
  • Excerpts from Washington's "Farewell Address."
  • Excerpts from the Alien and Sedition Acts.
  • Excerpts from the Virginia/Kentucky Resolutions.
  1. What was the initial American view of the French Revolution?  How and why did this view change over time?
  2. Why did the United States want to maintain its neutrality in foreign policy at the beginning of the 1790s?
  3. Identify Edward Genet and explain his impact on the growing tensions between Federalists and Republicans.
  4. What were America's and Spain's reasons for negotiating Pinckney's Treaty?
  5. Why did the Treaty of Greenville signed with the Miami Confederacy continue an earlier pattern/precedent of American and Indian relations?  
  6. List the major provisions of Jay's Treaty.
  7. Why was Jay's Treaty poorly received in the United States?
  8. How did events in the Northwest Territory affect U. S. relationships with Great Britain?
  9. Describe the events surrounding the election of 1796 and explain what was unusual about its outcome.
  10. What was the XYZ Affair?  What effects did it have on American foreign policy at this time?
  11. How did the Alien and Sedition Acts threaten political freedom?
  12. What key issue, that would continue to trouble the nation for the next seventy years, was emphasized in the Kentucky Resolution?
   *  Anglophile    *  Jay's Treaty (1794)
   *  Francophile    *  Washington's "Farewell Address"
   *  neutrality    *  sectionalism
   *  "Citizen" Genet Affair    *  XYZ Affair
   *  Pinckney's Treaty (1795)    *  Millions for defense, but not one
            cent for tribute!
   *  Chief Little Turtle    *  Alien & Sedition Acts (1798)
   *  Battle of Fallen Timbers    *  nullification
   *  Treaty of Greenville    *  VA & KY Resolutions


  • Textbook --> pp. 184 - 188.
  1. What was the importance of the election of 1800?  What role did it play in getting Congress to pass the 12th. Amendment?
  2. Who was Gabriel Prosser and what was the significance of his actions in the summer of 1800?
  3. How did Jefferson's actions when he first became president reflect his philosophy?
  4. What regional shift was reflected in the 1800 election?
  5. Why did the Federalists loose power after 1800?
  6. How was John Adams able to continue to promote federalism even though he was defeated in the 1800 election?
  7. Why is Marbury v. Madison (1803) one of the most important Supreme Court cases in the nation's history?
  8. What were some of the motives for people to migrate west of the Appalachians in the early 19c?
  9. Why was Napoleon willing to part with the Louisiana Territory by 1803?
  10. Why was Jefferson interested in obtaining the Louisiana Territory?  What doubts did he have about this?
  11. Why do you think the Federalists opposed the Louisiana Purchase?
  12. How did the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition change the U. S.?
   *  Aaron Burr    *  Marbury v. Madison (1803)
   *  12th. Amendment    *  judicial review
   *  We are all Republicans;  we are
            all Federalists.
   *  Louisiana Purchase
   *  Judiciary Act of 1801    *  Merriwether Lewis
   *  bureaucracy    *  William Clark
   *  midnight judges    *  Sacajawea
   *  John Marshall  


  • Textbook --> pp. 189 - 191.
  1. What was the impact of the Chesapeake incident on Anglo-American relations in 1807?
  2. What was the impact of the 1807 Embargo Act on the American economy?
  3. Who were the War Hawks?  Why did they object to the presence of Native Americans in the Indiana Territory?
  4. What role did Chief Tecumseh play in the development of a pan-Indian resistance movement?
  5. Why did President Madison decide to declare war against Great Britain in 1812?  Why not against France?
  6. Explain the extent to which party and region defined support of or opposition to the War of 1812?
  7. Why did the U. S. invade Canada?  Why was this military mission a failure?
  8. What was the impact of the Battle of New Orleans on the rise of Andrew Jackson as a military hero?
  9. What were the provisions of the Treaty of Ghent (1814)?  What did it accomplish?
  10. What were some of the issues on which Britain and the U. S. reached agreement after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed?
   *  Samuel Wilson    *  Battle of Tippecanoe
   *  blockade    *  General Andrew Jackson
   *  Napoleon's Continental System    *  Battle of New Orleans
   *  impressment    *  Hartford Convention
   *  Chesapeake incident    *  armistice
   *  Embargo Act (1807)    *  Treaty of Ghent (1814)
   *  War Hawks    *  Rush-Bagot Agreement (1817)
   *  General William Henry
   *  Adams-Onis Treaty (1819)
   *  Chief Tecumseh  


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