Main ideas / changes over time: Specific Factual Information (sfi) topics



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Unit 3: The Early United States (1783 - 1824)

Study guide – AP U.S. History –
Main ideas / changes over time:


Specific Factual Information (SFI) topics – be able to identify, make connections with other SFI, understand significance and how they support main ideas, recognize cause and effect, and group with patterns and categories.

Washington’s Presidency

  1. George Washington

  2. Bill of Rights

  3. Alexander Hamilton

  4. Hamilton’s Economic Plan

  5. Tariff – revenue vs. protective

  6. Bank of the United States

  7. Strict vs. loose constructionist

  8. Whiskey Rebellion

  9. French Revolution

  10. Federalists vs. Dem-Republicans

  11. Neutrality proclamation

  12. Isolationism

  13. Battle of Fallen Timbers / Treaty of

Greenville

  1. Jay’s Treaty

  2. Pinckney’s Treaty

  3. Washington’s Farewell Address

Adams and Federalists

  1. John Adams

  2. XYZ Affair

  3. Quasi-War

  4. Convention of 1800 / Franco-American

Accord of 1800

  1. Alien and Sedition Acts

  2. Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

  3. Compact theory of states’ rights

Jefferson’s Presidency

  1. Thomas Jefferson

  2. Sally Hemings

  3. Deism

  4. “Revolution of 1800”

  5. John Marshall

  6. Marbury v. Madison 1803

  7. Judicial review

  8. Barbary pirates

  9. Louisiana Purchase

  10. Lewis and Clark Expedition

  11. Aaron Burr

  12. Burr vs. Hamilton Duel

  13. Burr conspiracy

The War of 1812

  1. Impressment

  2. Embargo Act

  3. Non-Intercourse Act

  4. Macon’s Bill No. 2

  5. War Hawks

  6. Pan-Indian Confederacy

  7. Tecumseh and The Prophet

  8. Battle of Tippecanoe

  9. Causes of War of 1812

  10. Francis Scott Key

  11. Battle of New Orleans

  12. Andrew Jackson

  13. Treaty of Ghent

  14. Hartford Convention

Nationalism and Good Feelings

  1. Sectionalism

  2. Nationalism

  3. Tariff of 1816

  4. Henry Clay

  5. The American System

  6. James Monroe

  7. Era of Good Feelings

  8. Panic of 1819

  9. Old Southwest

  10. Missouri Compromise

  11. Judicial nationalism

  12. McCulloch v. Maryland 1819

  13. Daniel Webster

  14. Monroe Doctrine

Jacksonian Democracy

  1. The “Corrupt bargain”

  2. John Quincy Adams

  3. Henry Clay

  4. Andrew Jackson

  5. Mudslinging

  6. The “Revolution of 1828”

  7. Spoils system

  8. Tariff of Abominations

  9. South Carolina Exposition

  10. John C. Calhoun

  11. Nullification crisis

  12. Force bill

  13. Compromise Tariff

  14. Indian Removal Act

  15. Trail of Tears

  16. Black Hawk War

  17. Seminole Wars






1789 – U.S. Constitution ratified

1800 - “The Revolution of 1800”

1803 – Louisiana Purchase


1812-1814 – War of 1812

1828 – “The Revolution of 1828”



ALL presidential administrations


Essay question possibilities:


  1. Analyze the contributions of the following in helping establish a stable government after the adoption of the Constitution.

    1. George Washington

    2. John Adams

    3. Thomas Jefferson




  1. To what degree does the stereotype of U.S. foreign policy as "isolationist" accurately apply to the period 1789 to 1824? Answer using specific examples from throughout the time period.


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