United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson

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Mary Bodunde
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1. Thomas Jefferson once said he believed that "all the good" of the new constitution might have been accomplished by simply amending the Article of confederation. According to the text's authors, it is probably a good thing that the Fonding Fathers did not merely amend the Articles of confederation. with which position do you agree? Why?

2. Why didn't the leaders of the American Revolution extend their spirit of equality to the abolition of slavery and giving women the right to vote?

3. Thomas Jefferson observed that "173 despots would surely be as oppressive as one." What was the context of his remark? what was jefferson warning against?

4. A diplomatic historian has said in reference to early American foreign policy that " Europe's troubles became America's opportunities." What events of the 1790s would best illustrate the truth of this remark? why?

5. Compare and contrast the British notion of a 'constitution" with that of the Americans.

6. Write your definition of democracy. Then use this definiton to evaluate the constitution as it was penned in 1787. In what ways was it a democratic document, and in what ways did it guard against democracy?

7. Assess the extent to which the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 played a role in shaping American history after 1800?

8. Which sectional and economic groups generally supported the Federalists and which the Democratic- Republicans? why?

9. What were the pros and cons of the creation of a National Bank? What political and constitutional issues were involved in this piece of legislation?

10. To what extent was anticolonialism established as a legacy of the American Revolution? How, then, did the United States established a justification for its own future territorial expansion?

11. Compare and contrast the Federalists and Domocratic- Republicans, especially their views on democracy, government power, the economy, and foreign affairs.

12. How were the...
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