Unit 3: New Republic

The New Republic unit covers three weeks of class time and deals with the precedents set during the first two decades of government under the Constitution. Time period: 1789 through the Election of 1824.
The New Republic unit contains three week-long sections:
the Presidents and Precedents section deals with the Washington and Adams administrations.
the Age of Jefferson section focuses on the dramatic events of Jefferson's two terms.
the Nation Grows section examines the economic development of the early United States.

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  • The first Presidents set the tone for their successors. Examine the Washington and Adams administrations and their Executive office precedents.
  • From the Louisiana Purchase to the Barbary Coast and the Embargo Act - Jefferson's two terms as President were momentous in American history. 
  • After the War of 1812, the United States improves its infrastructure with canals and roads, allowing an American Industrial Revolution to take place.