Debating Federalism
Use the primary and secondary documents below to help determine the arguments for, and against, a new constitution in the 18th Century. Once finished answer the long answer question at the end. The first four questions will be completed in pairs in class, the long answer question is answered individually.
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1. Identify two weaknesses about the Articles of Confederation; explain why each of those weaknesses would have supported a constitution establishing a Federation, instead of a Confederation. (Level 2 & 3) *
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2. What is one of the arguments John Jay gives in ratifying a new constitution? (Level 2) *
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3. Describe two of the arguments that Anti-Federalists are using to oppose the ratification of the constitution. (Level 2 & 3) *
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4. What is one argument against the new constitution according to Mr. Mason? (Level 2) *
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5. Which form of Government (Federation or Confederation) would allow for the most effectiveness and efficiency in developing and implementing policy? Defend your assertion with two reasons. Explain your reasoning with support to at least one reference to a specific argument from the articles above. (Level 4) *
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