Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy

Unit one focuses on the philosophies, documents, and events surrounding the establishment of the Constitution. It includes comparative documentary analysis focusing on federalism, anti-federalists, and the roots of the democratic ideals in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was a document that came out of desires to reform the Articles of Confederation, which led to a central government so weak that it could not effectively govern, as demonstrated by Shay's Rebellion.

Review Materials

AP US Government - Unit 1 on Khan Academy

Quizlet - Vocab AP US Government Unit 1

US Constitutional Amendments with Mnemonic Devices to help memorize (Quizlet)

Primary Sources

Federalist 10

Madison, James
November 23, 1787

The Same Subject Continued
The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection
From the New York Packet. Friday, November 23, 1787.

To the People of the State of New York: