- Alabama has had six different constitutions. Alabama has three branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial.
- The reasons why Alabama has had five different capitals.
- The roles of prominent political leaders during early statehood in Alabama, including William Wyatt Bibb, Thomas Bibb, Israel Pickens, William Rufus King, and John W. Walker.
- What the U.S. Constitution and the Northwest Territory require of a territory to become a state.
- The history of early settlements in Alabama and the cession of Indian lands.
- What it means to have a republican form of government.
The students are able to:
- Analyze Alabama's entry into statehood.
- Identify and differentiate the roles of the three branches of government.
- Compare and contrast Alabama's constitutions.
- Explain political and geographic reasons for changes in location of Alabama's state capital.
- Recognize roles of prominent political leaders during early statehood in Alabama, including William Wyatt Bibb, Thomas Bibb, Israel Pickens, William Rufus King, and John W. Walker.
Students understand that:
- Many prominent people were involved in Alabama's entry into statehood and that our government was designed in a way that allowed a system of checks and balances to be in place.
- house of representatives
- checks and balances
- capital capitol