Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the competition among different colonial powers for control of America.
  • Describe the events and political motivations that led to the colonies’ split with England.
  • Explain what the Articles of Confederation did and what it failed to do.
  • Identify the goals, divisions, and compromises that shaped the Constitution.
  • Summarize the debate over ratification of the Constitution.
  • Explain the role of everyday citizens in the founding of the United States.