Forming Government by Documents: State Constitutions and the Articles of Confederation

This activity addresses the following outcome: MO2: Examine the debates and types of thinking during the creation of the state constitutions and Articles of Confederation. (C01) The founding of the new nation was accompanied by much debate about the form the new government should take, with growing division between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. For this discussion, we will be focusing on the fluidity and experimentation exhibited in the new states’ constitutions and the Articles of Confederation. Begin reading the Module Notes Presentation (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site. and reviewing pages 65-74 of Chapter 4 in Wood. Then listen to Professor Freeman’s lectures “Confederation (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site. • (Chapters 3-6) and “A Union Without Power (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site. ‘ (Chapters 4-5). Finally, read ‘Anti-Federalists, the Federalist Papers, and the Big Argument for Union (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site. ‘ by Akhil Reed Amar. As you review the sources, consider all of the questions below. Then choose 0

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