Washington DC Academic Standards
DC.4. U.S. History and Geography: Making a New Nation
THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE (1760–1789)
4.8. Students explain the causes of the American Revolution.
4.8.5. Identify the views, lives, and influences of key leaders during this period (e.g., King George III, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams). (P)
4.10. Students describe the people and events associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution.
4.10.1. Describe the significance of the new Constitution of 1787, including the struggles over its ratification and the reasons for the Bill of Rights. (P)
4.10.2. Describe the direct and indirect (or enabling) statements of the conditions on slavery in the Constitution and their impact on the emerging U.S. nation-state.
4.10.3. Describe how the Constitution is designed to secure our liberty by both empowering and limiting central government. (P)
4.10.4. Understand the meaning of the American creed that calls on citizens to safeguard the liberty of individual Americans within a unified nation, to respect the rule of law, and to preserve the Constitution. (P)