Ratification: Washington and Adams Administrations

Study Guide

I.  You should be able to Identify and explain the historical significance of the following:

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Alexander Hamilton

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James Madison

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James A. Beard

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John Adams

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Thomas Jefferson

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Henry Knox

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John Jay

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Citizen GenÍt

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Anthony Wayne

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Tallyrand

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Matthew Lyon

II.  You should be able to define and state the historical significance of the following:

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Funding at Par

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Strict Construction

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Implied Powers

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Excise Tax

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Compact Theory

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Nullification

III.  You should be able to describe and state the historical significance of the following:

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Bank of the United States

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Bill of Rights

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French Revolution

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Jay's Treaty

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Convention of 1800

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Neutrality Proclamation

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Whiskey Rebellion

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Ninth Amendment

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Federalists

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Tenth Amendment

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Pinckney Treaty (Treaty of San Lorenzo)

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Alien and Sedition Acts

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Battle of Fallen Timbers

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Washington's Farewell Address

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Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

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Jeffersonian Republicans

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Judiciary Act of 1789

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Treaty of Greenville

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XYZ Affair

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Report on a National Bank

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Report on Manufactures

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Logan Act

 

IV.  Discussion Questions:

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Summarize the key features of the sections and the population groups of the
United States in 1790.  

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Outline the key features of Hamilton's plan for the development of the United
States and explain how the different features of his plan were linked
together. 

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Explain the key issues in domestic and foreign policy that divided the
Federalists and the Republicans. 

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Compare Jay's Treaty with Pinckney's Treaty in terms of the issues to be
solved and the concessions obtained by the United States. 

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Explain the aims of the land policy of the United States and indicate how
they changed after 1804. 

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What were the bases used in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions to argue
against the Alien and Sedition Acts? How valid were these arguments? 

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Explain the actions taken by President John Adams to calm America's
international disputes with France. How did these actions have an important
effect on the election of 1800? What was the result of that election? 

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What was to be the purpose of the National Bank?  What is the basis of support for    each position?

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What was the importance of the Whiskey Rebellion

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Compare and contrast the Federalists and Republicans, especially their views on democracy, government power, the economy, and foreign affairs.

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Which sectional and economic groups generally supported the Federalists and which the Republicans?  Why?

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Bailey asserts that "it was fortunate for the Republic that the Federalists had the helm [control of the government] for a time."  Do you agree?  Why or why not?

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What was the relationship between the French Revolution and American domestic politics in the 1790's?

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Summarize the central argument of the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions.  Explain why they are key documents in American History.

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Very early in its national history, the United States established a tradition of isolationism in its foreign policy.  How did the Neutrality Proclamation and Washington's Farewell Address contribute to this tradition?

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A diplomatic historian has said in reference to early American foreign policy that "Europe's troubles became America's opportunities." What events of the 1790's would best illustrate the truth of this remark?  Why?

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John Adams called his peaceful resolution of the problems with France in 1800 "the most splendid diamond in my crown." Why did he think so?  Was his pride justified? Why or why not?

V.  Practice Quizzes

Bailey's American Pageant

Tindall and Shi: America, a Narrative History

Historyteacher.net

Quiz A

Quiz B