The Problem of American unity.
Description A central problem for Americans as they broke away from Britain was the task of establishing an ideal balance between the states and a central government. Contemplating the states’ experience as colonies of the British crown, write an essay analyzing the process by which Americans sought to solve this problem. How did Americans regard the ideal balance between states and the central government or larger union? What sorts of specific projects or ideas were proposed in this regard? What were the perceived advantages and disadvantages of the union? To what extent did Americans at different points regard union as being essential or even natural? And how were these different visions reflected in documents like the Declaration of Independence, state constitutions, the Articles of the Confederation, arguments of Federalists and Anti-federalists, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights?