America’s Democracy Student’s name Institution Affiliation America’s Democracy Democracy and respect for the rule of law have for many years been key to America’s transformation agenda. The Congress adopted the Articles of the confederation which led to the earliest Constitution of the United States of America in November 1777 (Finn & Concordia 2017). Despite that ratification of the Articles of the Confederation by all thirteen states was not successful until March 1781. Some of the States found out that the Articles of the confederation were not adequately addressing and resolving the issues that the United States was facing both nationally and internationally. Ideally the United States Constitution and the Article of Confederation had striking similarities. For instance the Articles of the Confederation tamed the powers of the federal government because of the fear that the federal government will be strong and abuse its powers. One of the weaknesses of pledge forward for the Anti-federalists that they will only back them up if they vote for the Constitution. In conclusion all these illustrations are different points of view on essentials by the various political parties. Interestingly it calls for a neutral ground for common understanding and also the importance of having different viewpoints as a holistic approach is arrived at. References Geo W. L. (2017): A concise Guide To the Articles of The Confederation As A Source for the Determining the Original Meaning of the Constitution. Vile R. Sheehan A. & Geo J. (2017): The measure and Elegance of Wisdom: James Madison and the Bill of Rights. Conventional Wisdom Pol’y 15: 513. Finn E. & Concordia L. (2017): The Other Preamble: Civic Constitutionalism and the Bill of Rights. Magliocca N. (2018). Oxford University Press: The Heart of the Constitution: How the Bill of Rights became the Bill of Rights. [...]
As depression struck the new nation in the mid-1780s, new questions arose about the nature of American democracy. Many conservatives believed that the answer lay in a stronger national government. Most radicals believed it was up to the states to relieve the financial burden of the people. These sentiments fostered a movement for a new constitution. Political differences soon stimulated the creation of political parties. Compare and contrast the Articles of Confederation with the new Constitution of 1787. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles vis-à-vis the Constitution? Give specific instances that demonstrate the weakness of the Articles (such as the Western problem). Then analyze the drafting of the Constitution, using specific details to show how the various states (slave vs. free, east vs. west) compromised in order to effectively draft a constitution. Pay particular attention to Roger Sherman's plan, the Great Compromise, which broke a stalemate that could have been fatal to the development of the new Constitution. Finally, compare and contrast the debate over ratification between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Make sure you cite specific examples from the Federalist Papers to support the Federalist position and contrast it with leading proponents of the opposition (such as John Hancock). Analyze how the debate over a bill of rights illustrates the differences between the two parties. Evaluate the relative success of the Bill of Rights in achieving an effective balance between national and states' interests. This paper must not be less than three double-spaced pages in length (not including the References page) and utilize no less than four academic quality sources. Margins should be no more than one inch (right and left) and the essay should be composed in an appropriate font and size. Sources must be documented and cited using APA format.