New Nation – USA Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



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Teach your students about the early years of the United States after the creation of the American Constitution when George Washington and John Adams were president. Students will understand American history in the 1790s and the differences between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton plus the controversy as to whether the U.S. should help the French in the French Revolution or the be allies with the British.

This a a great PowerPoint (or Google Slides) you can use to present to your class or give to them to study on their own. The design is professional and minimal (i.e. NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes. Otherwise, you can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, just click the link on the provided file).

Content in PPT includes:

  • Hamilton’s Financial System
  • National Bank
  • Whiskey Rebellion
  • Jay’s Treaty
  • New Political Parties (Federalist and Democratic-Republicans)
  • French Revolution
  • XYZ Affair
  • French Quasi-War
  • Alien and Sedition Acts
  • Revolution of 1800
  • Marbury versus Madison
  • and more!

This presentation talks about the difficult years right after the creation of the new Constitution to the Revolution of 1800s. It goes over the Whiskey Rebellion and shows how it proved the nation was stronger under the Constitution than the Articles of Confederation. It goes over a lot of detail about the differences between the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans (e.g. big or small government? National Bank? Support Britain or support France?) It also talks about some of the conflicts between the U.S. and Britain and France.

This PPT follows standard American history textbooks.

How to use this product:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides
  • Have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides


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