Historical Essay


Historical Essay
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 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.

Creating and Ratifying the Constitution of 1787


Drafting of the constitution began in 1787, it was important because it had influenced to bring up and strengthen the Federal government. Since the

Already established Articles of Confederation was failing miserably. Once the bill of right was proposed in 1789, by popular demand the convention was

called for in 1790 by the Convention. Without this ratification then there wouldn’t be United States of America. Since the Articles were not good

enough and without the ratification the the constitution would not have gone into effect. Number of important men in history played a significant hand

in this process, and for some it was a more difficult decision then others. To come together and create such a perfect document took patients and lots

of understanding and acceptance.