Sovereignty- the Declaration of Independence Questions
the five (5) principles of the Declaration of Independence;
examples of how the Articles of Confederation, the first national government of the United States, established a weak and ineffective national government and examples of how the Constitution, which eventually replaced the Articles of Confederation, set up a stronger and more effective national government;
the Great Compromise reached at the Constitutional Convention;
the debate between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists over the ratification of the Constitution and why the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution; and
what the authors of our textbook mean by “conservative revolution” and the conservative revolutions of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
1-The Declaration of Independence is the most authoritative statement of the founding principles of American democracy. Identify and briefly explain five (5) basic political principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence.2-a. Identify and discuss TWO specific examples to demonstrate that the Articles of Confederation, the first national government of the United States, established a weak and ineffective form of government. Identify and discuss TWO specific examples to demonstrate that the Constitution which replaced the Articles of Confederation established a stronger and more effective form of government.3-The design of the U.S. Congress resulted from a compromise between the large states and the small states at the Constitutional Convention. This came to be called the Great Compromise. Explain in your own words the Great Compromise.4-a. Identify and explain in your own words the opposing positions of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists during the debate over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on the question of whether the national government should be more powerful or less powerful. Explain in your own words how the addition of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, addressed Anti-Federalist concerns about the power of the national government.5-At critical moments in the course of American political development, citizens engaged in conflict and resolution about the meaning of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These great political episodes can be described as conservative revolutions.