7th Grade ~ Areas Of StudyHistory Of The United States
Essential Question For The Year: How does leadership affect people's rights?

I. Europeans establish colonies in North America
a. Efforts of Spain, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, and England
b. Reasons for colonization: mercantilism, religion, and others

II. The Thirteen English colonies
a. Distinctions of northern, middle, and southern regions
b. Conflicts of farms, towns, plantations, slavery, and religion

III. Colonial living
a. Issues of self-sufficiency, triangle trade, raw materials and manufactured goods
b. Colonial governments under British rule

IV. The Movement to Independence
a. French-Indian War and Mississippi expansion
b. Necessity for taxation and military presence
c. Reasons for colonial protests and rebellion
d. Writing of the Declaration of Independence

V. The American Revolutionary War
a. Roles of leaders and battles
b. Path to the outcome of the war

VI. The United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights
a. Evolution of the document and the government
b. Importance of the division of power and compromises

VII. Administrations of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe
a. Outline of the precedents set, and the rise of political parties
b. The Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, and the Monroe Doctrine

VIII. The Jacksonian period
a. New political parties and leadership styles
b. The nullification doctrine, the spoils system, tariffs, and the National Bank

IX. The nation divides
a. Conflicts and sectionalism leading up the Civil War
b. Failure of compromise

X. The Civil War, 1861-1865
a. Mapping advantages of each side
b. Battles, leaders and generals

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