Mr. Davis's
United States History Class


Warwick High School | 51 Copeland Lane | Newport News, VA 23601 | (757) 591-4700 | Fax 596-7415

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SOL Review 1st Semester

 SOL Topics -First Semester

Parents: Please note that I have not viewed the SOL tests and that the following study aides were created in conjunction with the NNPS United States and Virginia History Curriculum Framework. These materials serve to supplement your student's previous notes, assignments, and other study guides and are not intended to provide insight into any actual questions on the Virginia SOL Exams.

Major People & Groups in United States History

  • Puritans
  • Virginia "cavaliers"
  • Indentured servants
  • Slaves
  • Quakers
  • Catholics
  • Church of England
  • Thomas Paine
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Patriots
  • Loyalists (Tories)
  • Patrick Henry
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • George Washington
  • James Madison
  • Federalists
  • Anti-Federalist
  • George Mason
  • John Adams
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • John Marshall
  • Merriwether Lewis
  • William Clark
  • Sacajawea
  • Eli Whitney
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Nat Turner
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Stephen Douglas
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Frederick Douglass

Places & Geography in United States History

  • New England
  • Middle Atlantic
  • Virginia
  • Shenandoah Valley
  • Jamestown
  • "Middle Passage"
  • Lexington and Concorde;
  • Yorktown
  • Mississippi River
  • Oregon Territory
  • Florida
  • Deep South
  • California
  • Ft. Sumter
  • Antietam
  • Gettysburg
  • Appomattox

Major Documents in United States History

  • Mayflower Compact
  • Common Sense
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Proclamation of 1763
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Virginia Declaration of Rights
  • Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
  • Bill of Rights
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Monroe Doctrine
  • The Liberator
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Lincoln's "House Divided" speech
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Civics in United States History
  • Town meetings
  • House of Burgesses
  • Great Awakening
  • Boston Tea Party
  • First Continental Congress
  • Boston Massacre
  • Seperation of Powers
  • Checks and Balances
  • Great Compromise
  • 3/5 Compromise
  • Political Parties; Federalists and Democrat - Republicans
  • Marbury vs. Madison
  • Mr. McCullough vs. Maryland
  • States' Rights
  • Abolition Movement
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Kansas - Nebraska Act
  • Popular Sovereignty
  • Nullification
  • Secession
  • Election of 1860
  • Different approaches to Reconstruction
  • 13th Amendment
  • 14th Amendment
  • 15th Amendment
  • Economics in United States History
  • Virginia Company of London
  • Northern Colonies - Shipbuilding, fishing, lumbering, farming, manufacturing
  • Middle Colonies - Shipbuilding, farming, trading
  • Southern Colonies - Rice, tobacco, indigo, plantations
  • Private property and free enterprise
  • Stamp Act - taxes on tea and sugar
  • Railroads and canals
  • Cotton gin
  • Cotton Kingdom
  • Tariffs
  • Economic impacts of the Civil War on the North and South

Major Themes of United States History

  • European exploration and colonization changed the Americas, Europe, and Africa.
  • Climate and soil conditions and other natural resources shaped regional economic development.
  • Plantation economies and labor shortages created a reliance on slavery in the south.
  • America won its independence because the British government grew tired of the struggle after the French agreed to help the Americans.
  • The Constitution established a government that provided for States' rights and provided for Amendments.
  • Ratification of the Constitution did not end the arguments over how to create a more perfect union.
  • The nation struggled to resolve sectional issues. These crises took place over the admission of new states to the union prior to the Civil War.
  • The Civil War put American Democracy to the test.
  • Social Studies Skills in United States History
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary source documents.
  • Develop perspectives of time and place, including the construction of maps and various timelines of events, periods, and personalities in American History.
  • Interpret the significance of excerpts from famous speeches and other documents.




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