United States Government

The government of the United States began when the Declaration of Independence was ratified and the colonists achieved independence for the thirteen colonies from England. This action led to the formation of the government for the new nation once the Revolutionary War had been won and the Constitution was approved. Learn about influential heroes from the birth of a new nation and the formation of the government. Students are introduced to how the government works today and how someone, no matter their age, can make a positive difference. 

United States Government Resources
Credit: MY HERO

The Birth of a New Nation

Founding Fathers

By: Christopher from Union

"With the knowledge of these bright leaders, the founding of the Americas brought numerous changes to the world itself."

Thomas Paine

By: Garrett from Laguna Beach
Thomas Paine influenced the direction that the early United States would follow.

George Washington

By: Gleb B.
George Washington was the first President of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson

By: TJ from San Diego
"Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing" - Thomas Jefferson.

John Adams

By: Kelsey from Roselle Park
There is no such thing as a good war or a bad peace.

Abigail Adams

By: Nashua Haque
First Lady Abigail Adams effectively led the country while President John Adams was an envoy in France, through detailed letters between the two and her own business savvy.

Samuel Adams

By: Ethan from Williamsville, New York

John Hancock

By: Stone from Laguna Beach

Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, Visionary, Hero

By: Andrew Holden
A hero is an ordinary person who does extraordinary things and overcomes great obstacles to achieve their altruistic goals.

Patrick Henry

By: Sydney from Laguna Beach
''Give me Liberty or Give me Death''

Students are encouraged to research founding fathers not included in this resource and share their stories with MY HERO through film, essay, or art using MY HERO's Create Program.  Click here for a tutorial on MY HERO's Digitial Storytelling Tools. 

Heroes of the American Revolution

Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth

By: Dennis Malone Carter

Molly Ludwig Hays

By: Corina from Atlantic Highlands
Mary Ludwig Hays was a woman who fought in the American War of Independence at the Battle of Monmouth,

Lydia Darragh

By: Olivia from Atlantic Highlands

Marquis Lafayette

By: Shreyas from Eden Prairie
"Humanity has won it's battle. Liberty now has it's own country." By Marquis Lafayette

James Armistead

By: Daksh from Eden Prarie
James Armistead helped George Washington win American Independence.

Deborah Sampson

By: Emily from San Diego

Daniel Morgan

By: Max Vukovich

John Paul Jones

By: Jack from San Diego

Paul Revere

By: Sam from New York
Paul Revere risked his life for the freedom of the American colonies.

Students are encouraged to research heroes during the American Revolution not included in this resource and share their stories with MY HERO through film, essay, or art using MY HERO's Create Program.  Click here for a tutorial on MY HERO's Digitial Storytelling Tools. 

The United States Constitution

The US Constitution was drafted in 1787 at the Philadelphia Convention, which established a system of checks and balances. This divided federal authority between the separate but co-equal Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of government.

There was a delay in ratifying the Constitution over a disagreement about whether it should include a declaration of individual rights.

The Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, supported the ratification of the Constitution and a centralized government. They were against including a bill of rights because it might imply that the rights that were unstated were not protected.

The Anti-Federalists were those who opposed the ratification of the 1787 version of the Constitution. They differed in their ideas of what the government should look like.  Famous Anti-Federalist voices were Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and George Mason. In general, they were in favor of a stronger localized government. Most importantly, they wanted a bill of rights that guaranteed individual rights.

According to the National Archives, "The Constitution might never have been ratified if the framers hadn't promised to add a Bill of Rights."

The Bill of Rights was drafted by James Madison. It makes up the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution.

Bill of Rights
Credit: MY HERO

Examples of How the US Government Works and how someone, no matter their age, can be an activist. 

The Last Straw

Lynne Cherry

Nine-year-old Milo Cress is concerned about the millions of straws that pollute waterways, Milo takes the fight all the way to Capitol Hill.

Erica Fernandez: The Tool of Protest

Produced by:The Center for Advancing Unity & The Working Group
A young girl defends her community from corporate polluters.

The Community They Fight For

Produced by:Mill Valley Film Group

MY HERO Reporter Slater interviews Jackie Speier

Produced by:Slater Jewell-Kemker

Youth reporter Slater interviews Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier


Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776
Credit: by J.L.G. Ferris

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA


Laura Nietzer

This resource about the United States Government was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.

Organizer created on 7/7/2022 2:54:12 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 9/14/2022 2:08:54 PM by Laura Nietzer