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18th Century Turning Points in U.S. History

1783-1790 (#107)

1783 Noah Webster Issues "Blue-Backed Speller”
1785, 1787 The Continental Congress Passes Land Ordinance Acts
1786 Shay’s Rebellion
1787 The United States Constitution is Created
1789 George Washington Elected First President
1789 James Madison Proposes the Bill of Rights
1789 Alexander Hamilton Becomes Secretary of the Treasury and Shapes America's Modern Industrial Economy
1790 Benjamin Franklin Dies
[26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: As the 18th century dawned on the North American continent, four powers— the French, the Spanish, the British, and the Native Americans— were competing to see who would control this remarkable land. However after half a century of almost continuous wars, a new entity emerged: The Americans. It would be the Americans not the other four powers who would control what would become the United States. In the process, the Americans created, by the end of the 18th century, the greatest experiment in self-government the world has ever seen.

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