VUS.4 The student will demonstrate knowledge of events and issues of the Revolutionary Period including analyzing how the political ideas of John Locke and those expressed in Common Sense helped shape the Declaration of Independence, evaluating how key principles in the Declaration of Independence grew in importance to become unifying ideas of American democracy, describing the political differences among the colonists concerning separation from Great Britain, and analyzing reasons for colonial victory in the Revolutionary War.

VUS.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the Constitution of the United States and how the principles of limited government, consent of the governed, and the social contract are embodied in it by explaining the origins of the Constitution, including the Articles of Confederation, identifying the major compromises necessary to produce the Constitution, and the roles of James Madison and George Washington, examining the significance of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in the framing of the Bill of Rights, assessing the arguments of Federalists and Anti-Federalists during the ratification debates and their relevance to political debate today, and appraising how John Marshall’s precedent-setting decisions established the Supreme Court as an independent and equal branch of the national government.


We will be discussing the end of the Revolutionary War and the attempts at early national governments.  Daily topics will include:


- The Battle of Yorktown

- The Treaty of Paris

- Global effects of the American Revolution

- Articles of Confederation

- Federalist v. Anti-Federalist

- The Federalist Papers

- The Constitutional Convention