The year is 1789. The American Revolution has recently been won. A new country with a new constitution has been formed. 1789
And you have just been elected the first president... of this infant nation.
How do you feel as the first president? What immediate issues concern you? Nervous at all?
George Washington was honored to be chosen to lead the nation, but he was also apprehensive and overwhelmed. You probably feel a lot like George Washington did when he agreed to be our first president.
The precedents , or examples, he set- good or bad- would pave the way for others to follow.
The early presidents of the United States had the awesome responsibility of setting good precedents and building a strong and stable nation.
In “The New Republic” unit we will examine and evaluate how our Founding Fathers handled issues and led the nation. Our focus will be on the following precedent-setting presidents:
Complete the issues and events webs on your student activity sheets as we are introduced to our first five presidents. Write the events from the slides as titles on your worksheet. Take note!!!!
George Washington money/ debt issues Whiskey Rebellion serving two terms using a cabinet Farewell Address Political parties developed
John Adams Federalist XYZ Affair Alien Act Abigail Sedition Act
Thomas Jefferson Louisiana Purchase Lewis and Clark Marbury v. Madison laissez faire Democratic-Republican Party embargo Hands off!
James Madison War of 1812 Dolley War Hawks Tecumseh Battle of New Orleans nationalism
James Monroe Era of Good Feelings Missouri Compromise Florida Monroe Doctrine
The visionary leadership of America’s Founding Fathers produced a nation of stability and power.