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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) and CITE YOUR CREDIBLE SOURCES IN APA FORMAT.
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 be four to five 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.
*****I have already provided one source that needs to be used in this essay to my professor -
The Federalist Papers. (2017)
Hamilton A. The Federalist papers. Federalist Papers (Great Neck Publishing) [serial online]. August 2017;:1. Available from: Points of View Reference Center, Ipswich, MA. Accessed May 11, 2018.
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The Federalist Papers were written following the deliberation of planning for a new Constitution of the United Stated of America. Addressing the weaknesses within the articles of confederation, some of the founding fathers, wrote these collections of articles explaining their views with promotion of ratification of the constitution, making the argument for federalism. The controversy of creating a new governing body called the welfare and safety of ‘the people’ into question. Was it possible to have leaders of this great country with the best interest of the people? This Scholarly journal is helpful, giving us an insight into the thoughts of the founding fathers brainstorming with the Constitution to follow.
****You can use this description of the source above in the essay as it was written in my own words, please provide THREE more sources and cite them in APA format for this paper as well, but this should get you started.
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.