UT.III. United States Studies: Students will understand the rights and responsibilities guaranteed in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
III.B. The new United States needed a set of rules. A group of leading thinkers of the Revolutionary era met to create a new document to lay out the form of the new government. Drawing upon ideas both old and new, and finding ways to compromise to meet the needs and demands of multiple interests, they created this new government charter called the Constitution. The Constitution created a strong national government with separate branches within the government to insure there were checks on power and balances of responsibilities. The Constitution has been changed, or amended, numerous times since then, first with the addition of the Bill of Rights.
III.1: Assess the underlying principles of the US Constitution.
III.1.f. Discover the basis for the patriotic and citizenship traditions we have today (i.e. Pledge of Allegiance, flag etiquette, voting).
III.2: Assess how the US Constitution has been amended and interpreted over time, and the impact these amendments have had on the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States.
III.2.a. Explain the significance of the Bill of Rights.
III.2.c. Analyze the impact of the Constitution on their lives today (e.g. freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition).
UT.IV. United States Studies: Students will understand that the 19th century was a time of incredible change for the United States, including geographic expansion, constitutional crisis, and economic growth.
IV.B. As the United States expanded westward, major issues, some of them from the first years of the nation, began to challenge the stability of the nation. As the nation expanded, issues of states rights, the institution of slavery, and economic development culminated in a Civil War. This war formally ended slavery and strengthened the power of the Federal government. The era after the Civil War was a time of major economic development and technological innovation.
IV.2: Assess the geographic, cultural, political, and economic divisions between regions that contributed to the Civil War.
IV.2.b. Compare how cultural and economic differences of the North and South led to tensions.
IV.2.c. Identify the range of individual responses to the growing political conflicts between the North and South (e.g. states rights advocates, abolitionists, slaveholders, enslaved people).