2. What were the assets and liabilities of the men in New York in 1789 as they began to govern under the new Constitution?
3. What distinguishes the American Revolution from most, if not all subsequent revolutions? Explain.
The American Revolution was the quintessential step
Chapter 1 “The Duel” July 11, 1804
1. Why did the Burr-Hamilton duel become legendary?
The Burr-Hamilton duel was an event that forever changed history and is remarked as the most renown duel in American History. 2. Describe the 15 year relationship between Hamilton and Burr. Cite specific examples of the conflict between the two.
3. Why does Hamilton call Burr the “Catiline of America”? Provide examples that support Hamilton’s view of Burr.
Chapter 2 “The Dinner” June 20, 1790
1. Describe the members and agenda of “the dinner”.
2. What was the issue of assumption?
3. What was Hamilton’s plan for debt reconciliation? Why was Madison opposed to it?
Chapter 3 “The Silence” February 11, 1790
1. What occurred in the House of Representatives on February 11, 1790?
2. Describe in detail the arguments presented by James Jackson (GA) and William Loughton Smith (SC) in support of slavery.
3. What were the proposals for gradual emancipation? According to Ellis, could gradual emancipation have been feasible?
Chapter 4 “The Farewell”
1. How does Benjamin Franklin’s gift to George Washington symbolize how Washington was viewed by the nation? What evidence from Washington’s career supports this?
2. Why did Washington decide to retire? Consider private, public, and political concerns.
3. Regarding Washington’s Farewell, what was the purpose and main themes (128)? Discuss the advice he gives to America’s future leaders and the three salient features that arose from the political terrain (144).
Chapter 5 “The Collaborators”
1. What were the strengths and weaknesses of John Adams as a presidential candidate?
2. A rift developed between Jefferson and Washington....
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