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Robert Kennedy's United States History Class

Articles of Confederation v. Constitution 

NOTE: THIS ESSAY COULD BE LONGER THAN MOST In a 8-12 paragraph essay. Respond to each Learning Objective to thoroughly complete to the essay prompt

Compare the Articles of Confederation with our present day Constitution. In your discussion on the Constitution, identify the four principles of government. In your discussion demonstrate how the U.S. Constitution preserved slavery and what made it revolutionary in regards to religion.

Learning Objective One


Discuss the introductory and background material leading to the development of the Articles of Confederation

Note: the notes and powerpoint are very helpful but will not replace the content of the lectures. They are to be used complimentary.

Learning Objective Two


Discuss the structure of the government under the Articles

Note: the notes and powerpoint are very helpful but will not replace the content of the lectures. They are to be used complimentary.

Learning Objective Three Part 1


Discuss the major weakness of the Articles and show how the Constitution overcame them.

Note: the notes and powerpoint are very helpful but will not replace the content of the lectures. They are to be used complimentary.

Note: For purpose of this assignment you only have to listen to the "prologue" and "act one". You don't have to listen to "act two".  

Learning Objective Five:  

According to Frederick Douglass, which Articles and Sections of the Constitution of 1787 specifically protect the institution of slavery? (see Notes)

Additional Content to View and Listen To Prepare for the Identifications 

After reading " A Kind of Revolution", by Howard Zinn, address the following:

 

How does Zinn's interpretation of the Constitution differ from those historians who argue that the Constitution created a neutral, level playing field on which contestants prove their worth? What examples does he offer to support his interpretation? Do you agree with Zinn, explain. Do you disagree with Zinn's interpretation; if so explain why. (be sure to respond in THIRD PERSON).

  • According to Dr. Parenti, what were the reasons for constructing the US Constitution and HOW and WHY was the US Constitution inherently undemocratic.  

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