The period from 1789 to 1828 includes the Federalist Era (1789 – 1800), the Jefferson and Madison presidencies (1800 – 1816) and the Era of Good Feelings (1816 – 1828). This period is easy for students to overlook. Don’t make this mistake. This period of time does include some very important events (Monroe Doctrine) and some key concepts (Republican Motherhood/Cult of domesticity) that are often tested. In fact, this era generated an FRQ (Question 3) on last week’s regular APUSH exam. Here are my Top 12 events from 1789 – 1828:
1. HAMILTON – used the elastic clause to support his plan for a
National Bank; Note that Hamilton’s plan also included a tariff
2. QUASI-WAR – with France; led the Federalists to enact the
Alien and Sedition Acts to restrict the Jeffersonians
3. ELECTION OF 1800 – marked a peaceful transfer of power from the
Federalists to the Jeffersonians; also marked the end of the Federalist
4.. LOUISIANA PURCHASE – violated Jefferson’s strict constructionist
principles but advanced his agrarian dream of American as an empire
of democracy
5. MARSHALL COURT – expanded the power of the federal government
in landmark cases such as Marbury v. Madison, McCullock v. Maryland
(State cannot tax an agency of the federal government) and Dartmouth
College versus Woodward (state cannot encroach on a contract)
6. JAMES MONROE was president during the ERA OF GOOD
FEELINGS from 1816 – 1824
7. AMERICAN SYSTEM – Henry Clay; similar to Hamilton’s plan;
called for tariffs, national bank, industrial development AND
8. COMPROMISE of 1820 – Maintains balance of power in the Senate;
11 free states and 11 slave states; Maine enters as a free state and
Missouri enters as a slave state; 36 – 30 line
9. MONROE DOCTRINE (1823) – unilateral declaration; declared
the Western Hemisphere off limits to future European colonization;
laid the foundation for US dominance in the Caribbean
10. AMERICAN COLONIZATION SOCIETY – send freed slaves back
to Africa
Women will fulfill role as wife and mother; raise children to be
virtuous citizens
12. ECLECTIC READERS – also known as McGuffy Readers; popular
readers for school children; didactic ie taught patriotism and moral

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  • Len

    I was wondering if you had any thoughts about the revisions to the AP USH course/exam for 2015 test takers. In particular, will you be revising the Essential Content (if not the Crash Course) to reflect the changes in emphasis on various time periods etc? Thanks.