Unit 3: Establishing the New Nation
Thomas Jefferson: Third President 1801-1809
The White House site provides a short biographical sketch about Thomas Jefferson as well as the texts of his inaugural addresses and some familiar quotations.
Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson
Take a virtual tour of Jefferson's home, learn about his daily life through descriptions and images, and find biographical information at this site.
National Archives and Records Administration: The Louisiana Purchase
View the three original documents that make up the treaty, preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration. You can also read the full text of each document online.
James Madison: Fourth President 1809-1817
Learn about James Madison's contributions to the Constitution and the presidency through the biographical sketch at the White House site.
James Madison: His Legacy
Check out this extensive resource on the accomplishments of James Madison from his participation in the Continental Congress and his years as President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court until his death. You can view the text of some of his Federalist Papers, read background information on his efforts to ratify the Constitution, and explore his views on issues such as slavery and judicial review. The site also has information on Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.
James Monroe: Fifth President 1817-1825
Use the biographical sketch at this site to learn about President James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine.
John Qunicy Adams: Sixth President 1825-1829
Learn about John Quincy Adams' work as Secretary of State and President through the biographical sketch at this White House site.
Andrew Jackson Seventh President 1829-1837
Learn about Andrew Jackson's presidency, read his inaugural speeches, and find fun facts about his life at this White House site on the nation's presidents.
The Northwest Ordinance
Part of the "Archiving Early America" project, this site features The Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the document that opened up lands north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River for settlement. The site includes an explanatory passage, a hypertext version of the document, and scanned images of the original document.