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What is the significance of the presidential election of 1800? The first time in the US that there had been more than one party and the first tie. It was also the first time that political power was transferred peacefully from one party to another.
Why were the midnight appointments important? The new judges were known as Midnight Judges because Adams was said to sign their appointments at midnight prior to President Jefferson's inauguration. This ensured that the Federalists still had a hold on part of the government.
What is the significance of Marbury versus Madison in 1803? Marbury v. Madison, is a landmark case by the USA Supreme Court that formed the exercise of judicial review. The principle by which courts can declare acts of either the executive branch or the legislative branch unconstitutional.
What did Lewis and Clark find on their epic expedition across North America? Follow the expedition via journal entries and historical photos, drawings, and maps. In 1803 Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to find a water route to the Pacific and explore the uncharted West.
Why was President Jefferson concerns about the Louisiana Purchase? He was unsure if it was constitutional. The Louisiana Purchase is important because it doubled the size of the United States, gave the country complete control of the port of New Orleans, and provided territory for westward expansion.
What did Sacagawea do in the Lewis and Clark expedition? She was instrumental in the Lewis & Clark Expedition as a guide as they explored the western lands of the United States. Her presence helped the Native understand that they were not coming to conquer and confirmed the peacefulness of their mission.
What was different about the election of 1804? The 12th Amendment was introduced by Congress. This Constitutional Amendment would provide for the process in which the President and Vice-President of the United States would be elected, creating what is now known as the Electoral College.
Why did Burr and Hamilton have a duel? The duel was the culmination of a long and bitter rivalry between the two men. In some accounts, Hamilton shot first and missed, followed by Burr’s deadly shot.
Why did Burr and Hamilton have a duel? The duel was the culmination of a long and bitter rivalry between the two men. In some accounts, Hamilton shot first and missed, followed by Burr’s deadly shot.
What was the goal of Zebulon Pike's expedition? Zebulon Pike sets off with a new expedition to explore the American Southwest. Pike was instructed to seek out headwaters of the Arkansas and Red rivers and to investigate Spanish settlements in New Mexico.
What were the causes of the Embargo Act of 1807? Harassment by British of American ships grew. They jailed American men and seizures of goods. Jefferson created the Embargo Act of 1807. The act stopped American ships and goods from leaving American ports except for those ships in coastal trade.
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