Sunday, November 28, 2010

Democratizing Twentieth Century

I will post debate pairings later this afternoon.


Politics and Government Homework Due Nov 30

Hey Folks,

I'm not going to be in tomorrow so you can work on these questions tonight and in class tomorrow. The first half are due Tuesday, all sixteen must be complete by Wednesday

Based on Vidal pages 147-166

1. Discuss XYZ affair. Be sure to discuss all the major players involved and the controversy it sparked. What do you think Vidal is suggesting about the incident?(two quotes)
2. Discuss/describe the interaction between Marshall and Napoleon (one quote)
3. How did the Federalists react to the XYZ affair? (two quotes)
4. Why does Vidal keep calling Hamilton "General Hamilton?"
5. Discuss Napoleon's impact on France. (one quote)
6. What Marshal report to Adam's when he returned from France? (one quote)
7. Why do you think Vidal claim Hamilton wanted to be the "Napoleon of the West?" What might Hamilton and Napoleon have in common?
8. Who does Adams appoint as lieutenant commander and chief?
9. What was the Alien Act? What was the Sedition Act? What does Vidal want you to think about these act? What would be the reaction if such acts were passed today? Explain. (three quotes)
10. What is Bastille Day?
11. Discuss the Republicans reaction to the Alien and Sedition Acts. (one quote)
12. Discuss Hamilton's role in the military. (one quote)
13. Discuss Adams's comment about the British/French War. (one quote)
14. Why is there little evidence of Jefferson and Madison's correspondence during the Alien and Sedition Act crisis?
15. Discuss Jefferson and Madison's interpretation of the 10th amendment. Discuss the Va and Ky resolutions. Why were they controversial?
16. What is nullification?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Poly Govt

For reading pgs 137-147, remember to take note of

a) John Adams as president--what he thinks, says and does (including foreign policy)** 2 quotes
b) John Marshall--thinks, says does
c) Primary source chart for Marshall excerpt on page 144
d) Identify the Supreme Court

Monday, November 8, 2010

Politics and Government Homework

Chapter Five

pgs 99-109

1) What problems did the Americans have in the Mediterranean?

2) Why did the British hijack American ships?

3) "The fifth year of the American constitutional republic should have been a time of consolidation, as well as enjoyment of certain aspects of Hamilton's financial system." (pg 104)

What was Hamilton's economic system? Explain.

4) Adams voted for peace twice. What were the two instances in which he voted for peace?

5) Discuss Washington's role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Why was this event significant?

6) "Jefferson, aside from farming was now using his slaves to manufacture nails." (107) Why is this an example of Jefferson's "higher hypocrisy"?

7) Discuss the following quote of Jefferson speaking to Adams: "I am sure from the honesty of your heart, you join me in detestation of the corruption of the English government, and that no man on earth is more incapable than yourself of seeing that copied among us willingly." How might it be argued that Jefferson is attempting to manipulate Adams here?

8) Why was there so much opposition to John Jay's treaty amongst the Republicans?