Topic outline

  • U3.3 Creating New Government(s) and a New Constitution

    Explain the challenges faced by the new nation and analyze the development of the Constitution as a new plan for governing. [Foundations for Civics HSCE Standard 2.2.]

    Note: Expectations U3.3.1–U3.3.5 address content that was introduced in Grade 5, but ask for explanation and analysis at a higher level than expected in Grade 5. They are included here to support in-depth discussion of the historical and philosophical origins of constitutional government in the United States. (U3.3.6)

  • U4.1 Challenges to an Emerging Nation

    Analyze the challenges the new government faced and the role of political and social leaders in meeting these challenges.

  • U4.2 Regional and Economic Growth

    Describe and analyze the nature and impact of the territorial, demographic, and economic growth in the first three decades of the new nation using maps, charts, and other evidence.

  • U4.3 Reform Movements

    Analyze the growth of antebellum American reform movements.

  • U5.1 The Coming of the Civil War

    Analyze and evaluate the early attempts to abolish or contain slavery and to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.

  • U5.2 Civil War

    Evaluate the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War.

  • U5.3 Reconstruction

    Using evidence, develop an argument regarding the character and consequences of Reconstruction.

  • U6.1 America in the Last Half of the 19th Century

    Analyze the major changes in communication, transportation, demography, and urban centers, including the location and growth of cities linked by industry and trade, in last half of the 19th century. The purpose of this section is to introduce some of the major changes in American society and the economy in the last part of the 19th Century. This era will be addressed in-depth and with greater intellectual sophistication in the high school United History and Geography content expectations.