The first decades of the new United States of America were tremulous as the founding fathers disagreed over how the government should run, thus beginning political parties. Plus, the United States expanded with the Louisiana Purchase and the new knowledge gained from the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The U.S.A. quickly expanded under the early presidents.

Learning about John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the Other Founding Fathers

Lesson objective: The early days of the new republic led to a division between two approaches to the new nation. The Federalists believed a strong central government was important. The Anti-Federalists or Democratic Republicans believed that the power should rest with the states. Despite disagreements, for the most part people still got along. (Copywork sentence: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed but they became friends.)

Learn about the early U.S. presidents and their legacies with great "living" stories and interesting activities.

There obviously were exceptions to people getting along. Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. John Adams encouraged the Alien and Sedition acts which discouraged a free press. But in the end, the start of two distinct political parties still meant the government was working and not arguing all the time despite disagreements.

[amazon_link asins=’0525479031′ template=’RightAlignSingleImage’ store=’rebereid06-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’edf8e857-6cc1-11e7-81a2-7d1e4e972779′]I particularly like the story of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Adams even left the White House before Jefferson arrived on his inauguration day to avoid seeing him. Although they had worked on the Revolutionary concepts together, they did not agree with how it was to be run. Worst of Friends by Susanne Tripp Jurmain tells this story for kids. I like how they reconciled and became “pen pals” in their later life.

You can also download my eight-page ebook about Adams and Jefferson!

Here are more books and activities for the founding fathers and early years of the Republic.

Lewis & Clark Learning Ideas

Objective: Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for a low price. Then he sent  Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on a journey to follow the major rivers and (hopefully) find a route to the Pacific Ocean. These adventurers documented territory for the U.S., and discovered flora and fauna previously unknown to Americans. (Copywork sentence: Lewis and Clark explored the West.)

Learn about Lewis & Clark's Expedition with the Corps of Discovery with hands-on games and activities and interesting books.

The Louisiana Purchase meant that the size of the United States was greatly expanded, and the variety of landscapes, plants, and animals now expanded altogether as well.

Here are some great games, activities, and books to go along with your studies.

Learn about the early U.S. presidents and their legacies with hands-on and engaging activities and books. This includes learning about Lewis & Clark, who went on their expedition under Jefferson's presidency.

Check back tomorrow for the last day in this series!

See the 10 Days of Early American History for Elementary to find the next lesson!

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