Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Politics and Government - Homework - Due Mon, Sep 29

 Zinn 96-102

Answer the following questions.

1. Discuss the right to vote in the new Constitution.

2. Zinn suggests that there is more to democracy than voting. What does he mean?

3. What was the basis for the "factional struggles that were developing?"

4. Why does Zinn seem to doubt that the "government...maintain[s] a referee between two equally matched fighters"?

5. Discuss the quote from Madison in Federalist #10. What does he want people to know, think believe?

6. Discuss the compromise between Northern business and Southern slaveholders.

7. Why do you think the Constitution protected "life, liberty and property" instead of the pursuit of happiness?

8. Write several sentences to describe the following terms. Include a quote for each.
a) Bill of Rights
b) Sedition Act
c) Whiskey Rebellion

Vidal 1-13

a) Read pages 1-13 in Inventing a Nation by Gore Vidal 

b) take notes, answer the following questions

1. Discuss this quote: "George Washington...was serioulsy broke."
Why was George Washington having financial problems? How did his social class and reputation contribute to these problems?

2. Why was there concern about the Articles of Confederation?

3. Explain in detail the difference between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Include the role of regional differences in your answers.

4. Discuss this quote: "In this crisis there were no Federalists, no future Republicans: only frightened men of property."
What is the crisis? Why does the author of the book want you to know, think, and believe after reading this statement? Explain.

5. What was the initial purpose of the Philidelphia convention? Why was Washington conflicted about attending? Why was his presence needed?

6. Describe the new government formed by the Constitution. How did the new Constitution deal with slavery?

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