Building an American Republic: The Constitutional Debate

Building an American Republic: The Constitutional Debate.

Building an American Republic: The Constitutional Debate Early America 1. What was the Virginia Plan? What was the New Jersey Plan? What does this debate tell us about the issue of state sovereignty? 2. How was the issue of slavery debated at the Constitutional Convention? What was the eventual settlement on the issue and how specifically is slavery addressed in the Constitution itself? 3. According to Madison in œFederalist No. 10, what is the danger posed by faction? What is his solution? Based on his arguments, what is Madison’s view on democracy? 4. Compare James Madison’s œFederalist No. 51 and James Winthop’s œOn the Anti-Federalist Argument in your Voices of Freedom text. Based on your analysis, what are the major differences between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists 5. In what ways does the Constitution promote democracy and popular participation? In what ways is democracy limited? 6. Some have described the Constitution as a document written by and for the interests of œrich white men. Do you think this characterization is accurate? Why?

Building an American Republic: The Constitutional Debate

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