Lesson 1: The United States Confronts Great Britain, 1793–1796

After the Revolutionary War, the success of the United States was far from guaranteed. Foreign powers coveted the new land, and Great Britain challenged American sovereignty. Learners consider the challenges facing the new nation using an activity that includes a game and primary source analysis worksheets using classics such as Washington's Proclamation of Neutrality. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson to teach the post-revolutionary period, particularly for an AP-level US history class
  • Incorporate primary source skill builders to other lessons on similar topics
Classroom Considerations

  • First of the three-part The Crisis of American Diplomacy, 1793–1808 series
Pros

  • Extension activities allow for easy enrichment
  • Primary sources and related materials are easy to use and curated 
  • Game approach engages scholars' interest
Cons

  • Some links are no longer active, although they are live at the end of the page
  • Timing is unrealistic for a standard US history course