2021 AP US History Prep with Tom Richey #1 | Colonial America (1491-1754)
In this session, we focus on topics from Colonial America that will be most useful for contextualizing later events in US History.
Unit 1 Civics Connection: The Colonial Origins of American Republicanism
This Lesson should be used near the end of Unit 1 to review the significance of constitutional principles in the context of the events students have studied.
Colonial Experience with Government and Economics
When European colonists came to North America, they faced the challenge of establishing societies that reflected their identity and mission for God. Experiments with economic and civil liberty followed in the name of the common good. Colonists and, later, the Founding generation became convinced that legally requiring individuals to commit their labor or their money towards a communal farm or church, with no regard for individual contribution or conscience, violated principles of justice. The link between economic liberty and the liberty of conscience became clear to many, and is responsible for liberating “a field without an horizon ... to the exploring and ardent curiosity of man.”