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Once Americans declared their independence from Great Britain and had their own country, they needed to create a new form of government. Americans didn’t want the same kind of government they had when they were part of Great Britain. Instead, they wanted a government that was run directly by the people, not a king. But everyone in America had different ideas about what the government should do and how it should work, so Americans needed to compromise to create a system of government that benefited everyone. This new form of government needed to balance order—which limits what we can and cannot do—and liberty—which allows people to live as they want to.

What Do We Want To Know?

What questions shape your exploration of this unit? Think about these questions as you learn about this topic.
  • 1
    What is a constitution?
  • 2
    What are the foundational principles of our government?
  • 3
    Why is compromise necessary for effective government?
  • 4
    What are the protected rights of the people?

For Students

Learn It!

Explore the history of establishing governments in New Hampshire and the United States

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Visit New Hampshire places where the history in this unit happened

For Teachers

Unit Plan for Unit 6

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