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Politics of the United States
Articles of Confederation, Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Amendment Process
Terms in this set (23)
a series of essays written to counter and defeat the proposed U.S. Constitution
a group of people in the early United States who opposed ratification of the U.S. Constitution because they feared a strong national government and a lack of protection for individual rights
Bill of Rights
the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, establishing rights and protections for American citizens
a series of essays written to explain and defend the proposed U.S. Constitution
a group of people in the early United States who favored the establishment of a strong national government and who worked for ratification of the U.S. Constitution
the process of formally approving something; ratification of the U.S. Constitution
Articles of Confederation
the first constitution of the United States, adopted in 1781 and replaced in 1789
a system of government where power is located with the independent states and there is little power in the central government
a meeting in Philadelphia in 1787 where delegates decided to throw out the Articles of Confederation and draft the Constitution
something owed; such as money
an event when 2000 Massachusetts farmers rebelled against land foreclosures and debt from the Revolutionary War
What is the Articles of Confederation?
The Articles of Confederation was the first government of the United States.
What were the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?
Under the Articles of Confederation, the Congress could not tax, could not regulate trade, or enforce laws. There was no central leadership to enforce laws and there was no central judicial branch. It requited unanimous approval of all 13 states in order to change any part of the articles.
How did Shays's Rebellion lead to the Constitutional Convention?
Shays's Rebellion made it clear that the central government did not have the ability to keep order in the new nation. This causes Alexander Hamilton to organize a meeting.
What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
At the Constitutional Convention, the Articles of Confederation were thrown out and the Constitution was written.
What was the viewpoint of the Anti-Federalists concerning the ratification of the Constitution?
People opposed to the ratification of the Constitution were called the Anti-Federalists. They were concerned that the Constitution gave too much power to the national government at the expense of the state governments. They were also concerned that, within the national government, the legislative and executive branches were too powerful. Anti-Federalists were also concerned that the Constitution lacked a specific listing of rights.
What were the Anti-Federalist Papers?
To communicate their concerns, Anti-Federalists such as Patrick Henry wrote essays and newspaper articles to spread their point of view and these writings became known as the Anti-Federalist Papers.
Why did the Anti-Federalists want to include a bill of rights in the Constitution?
Anti-Federalists were also concerned that the Constitution lacked a specific listing of rights. They believed that a bill of rights was essential to protect the people from the federal government. The Anti-Federalists did not want a powerful national government taking away those rights. The lack of a bill of rights became the focus of the Anti-Federalist campaign against ratification.
What was the viewpoint of the Federalists concerning the ratification of the Constitution?
The supporters of the proposed Constitution called themselves Federalists. For Federalists, the Constitution was necessary in order to protect the liberty and independence that was gained from the American Revolution. They believed that the three branches of the national government separated the powers and protected the rights of the people. They also believed that a listing of rights can be a dangerous thing.
What were the Federalist Papers?
The main arguments in favor of ratifying the Constitution were stated in a series of essays written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay called the Federalist Papers which were published in newspapers.
Explain the argument between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists regarding the power of the federal government.
They disagree. The Anti-Federalists believe that the Constitution gives the federal government too much power and the states with not enough power. The Federalists believe that the a strong central government is necessary, but the Constitution will protect the state governments.
Explain the argument between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists regarding a bill of rights.
Both agree that rights are important. Anti-Federalists believe that a list of rights is necessary to include in order to protect the rights. Federalists believe that a list of rights will limit the amount of rights protected.
Explain the argument between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists regarding the elastic clause.
They disagree. Anti-Federalists believe the clause will lead to the federal government having too much power. The Federalists believe that it is necessary for government to function.
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