Why drove the movement for a new constitution in 1780s America?

Why drove the movement for a new constitution in 1780s America?.

Part 1. Identifications- Identify and state the significance of 10 (ten) of the following twenty IDs. (5 points each)


  1. Bleeding Kansas Bank War
  2. Alien and Sedition Acts Cotton Gin
  3. Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions Manifest Destiny
  4. Missouri Compromise Henry Clay
  5. Second Great Awakening John C. Calhoun
  6. Seneca Falls Convention “Corrupt Bargain”
  7. Articles of Confederation Shay’s Rebellion
  8. First Party System Hamiltonianism
  9. Second Party System Jeffersonianism
  10. 3/5 Compromise Nullification
  11. Bank War
  12. Cotton Gin
  13. Manifest Destiny
  14. Henry Clay
  15. John C. Calhoun
  16. “Corrupt Bargain”
  17. Shay’s Rebellion
  18. Hamiltonianism
  19. Jeffersonianism
  20. Nullification


Part 2. Essays-Write complete answers to 1 (one) of the following. (25 points)

  • The United States Constitution was a controversial document at the time of its adoption and has been since. Opponents of the Constitution have charged that it was a betrayal of the democratic aspiration of the Revolution by the elite. How justified is this charge? Why drove the movement for a new constitution in 1780s America? What are the primary differences between the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States? What arguments did Federalists and Anti-Federalists use to justify their arguments for and against the new Constitution?


  • The ideas of Hamilton and Jefferson have a profound impact on the development of the United States. What are the basic ideas of Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian and how did these two distinct ideologies develop in the 1790s? How did these ideas evolve through the Civil War?


  • To some Andrew Jackson is a hero of democracy, empowering the common man while fighting the excesses of privilege, and defender of the union in the Nullification fight. To others, Jackson was a tyrant and a bigot, trampling on the Constitution, economic sense, and condemning Indians to death on the Trail of Tears. What is your assessment of the Jackson Presidency? Which, if any, of these two statements are accurate? Discuss the Jackson Presidency as a whole in your answer.


  • The 1830s and 1840s were the great era of reform. Americans from all regions and walks of life embraced the idea of reforming at least some part of society. What were the major reform movements and what were their objectives? What were the common characteristics of the antebellum reformers? How does this drive for reform relate to two of the other great movements of the day: The Second Great Awakening and Whiggery? How do the objectives of this movement deal with issues of liberty?


  • In 1858, New York Republican William Seward called the coming Civil War between North and South an “irrepressible conflict.” Agree or disagree with this statement. Consider the changes to the institution of slavery in the nineteenth century, the development of the two sections since the adoption of the constitution, sectional relations, and the course of crisis of the 1850s in your answers.


  • The historian Eric Foner called Reconstruction “America’s Unfinished Revolution,” Agree or disagree with this statement. In your answer discuss what is revolutionary about Reconstruction, if anything, and why, and what might make it “unfinished.” Consider the whole of Reconstruction in your answer.


Part 3. Essay-Write complete answers to 1 (one) of the following. (25 points)

  • Religion has played a profound and varied role in American history. Discuss how religion impacted the development of the United States from the founding of the colonies through the Civil War. Be sure to consider role of religion in the Revolution, reform, expansion, slavery, and the opposition to slavery in your answers as well.


  • Slavery was an extremely important institution in the development of the United States, albeit a controversial one. How did slavery develop in the American colonies through the Civil War? Consider both the institution and the lives of slaves. What impact did the American ideas of liberty that emerged at the time of the American Revolution? Did the inclusion of slavery in the new American Republic lead to an inevitable internal conflict over the institution of slavery? Why or Why not?


  • Liberty means different things at different times to different people. How did America’s first colonists, the Revolutionary generation, Antebellum reformers, the slaves of the American South, nineteenth century slave-owners, and the industrial north of the mid-nineteenth century see liberty? From these disparate ideas can a single American definition of liberty be drawn?


Remember: Coverage Counts. Be as complete and detailed in your answers as possible.

Why drove the movement for a new constitution in 1780s America?

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