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October 4

posted Oct 4, 2012, 5:33 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Oct 4, 2012, 6:19 AM ]
Today our work of the last few days dealing with basic democratic concepts comes to an end and we turn our attention back to the historical events that helped create and ratify our Constitution. 

Open the master list of concepts and take a few minutes to look through it. Mr. Knowles' translations and ideas are shown in red, and they may help you understand  the key concepts better than you did before. That would be a good thing, because your next written assessment / essay is focused on those main concepts. 
A template called Unit Essay Outline is available to help you get started on your planning, research, and thinking. 

To begin, we'll go back to the arguments over ratification of the Constitution

a.        What were the requirements for ratification, and why was that “irregular”? (47)

What rules were in force when the Constitutional Convention met? What rules did they actually follow?

b.        What were the two areas that most troubled anti-federalists about the proposed Constitution? (47)

What were the solutions to get over these objections?

c.        Why was support from Virginia and New York so important? (48)

Where can you find the 5 basic concepts at work in these areas? Where weren't they at work?  

A recognition of the fundamental worth of every person (15)

A respect for the equality of all persons (16) 

A faith in majority rule accompanied by respect for minority rights (17)

An acceptance of the necessity of compromise (17)

 An insistence upon the widest possible degree of individual freedom (17)

Tonight's homework: Six Basic Principles (54-59) See handout for questions.