History 8-2, Assignment One, Creating a New Government




Assignment One
The Presidency of George Washington

Deadline, March 7, 160 Points

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What challenges did George Washington face?

How did his example shape the future of America?

Image of George Washington



The first president of the United States set a powerful example for those who followed. He created precedents, or strong standard examples, that set the course for America for the next century.

The Constitution organized the national government, but just what that government would look like was, in many ways, left to George Washington.

He brought in advisers, or a Cabinet to help him run the new nation. Often the members of his Cabinet disagreed - strongly.

At the same time Europe was again being torn by war. How would this affect America?

This is the story of creating a nation.


Students will identify and describe the steps Washington took to create a new and effective national government.

Essential questions

  1. How did the precedents set by George Washington shape the United States of America?
  2. How did the conflicts between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton affect the policies of George Washington’s administration?
  3. How did George Washington’s policy of neutrality help America avoid war with European nations?
  4. How George Washington’s response to the Whiskey Rebellion differ from the national response to Shays’ Rebellion? What message did this send regarding the new government?

Special instructions

For this assignment, you need to create simple, accurate, answers to the topic questions shown in the printed copy.


See the crossword puzzle vocabulary.





Printed files

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Media files

Here is the link to online text chapter related to this assignment.

Click here for some great tips about writing a three paragraph essay.

Click here to view the PDF file of the Washington Presidency timeline we used in class.

Online files

Whiskey Rebellion

Washington's Precedents

Jefferson vs. Hamilton