Tennessee Academic Standards
TN.4. FOURTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES - The History of the United States: Colonization to Reconstruction
Building the New Nation (1790-1830)
Overview: Students will explore the development of the federal government, the exploration of the West, the impact of expansion on American Indians, and the contributions of key people during this era.
4.15. Examine the legacy and significance of the presidency of George Washington, including: the creation of cabinet member positions, two-party split, and the push for a strong central government. [H, P]
4.18. Analyze the impact of Andrew Jackson’s presidency, including: the Indian Removal Act, Trail of Tears, and preservation of the union. [C, E, G, H, P, T]
The Growth of the Republic (1800s-1850)
Overview: Students will explore the emergence of the U.S. industrial economy, the growth of slavery in the South, and westward expansion.
4.23. Examine the impact of President James K. Polk’s view of Manifest Destiny on westward expansion. [G, H, P, T]
The Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1870s)
Overview: Students will understand the causes and course of the Civil War and the successes and failures of Reconstruction.
4.32. Describe the roles of major leaders during the Civil War, including: Jefferson Davis; Ulysses S. Grant; Robert E. Lee; President Abraham Lincoln [C, G, H, P]
4.38. Describe the impact President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination had on the nation. [C, H, P]