U.S. History Honors Summer Reading 1. According to Ellis’s preface, explain what is so phenomenal about the founding of the United States? According to Ellis it is phenomenal that the United States decided to rule as a Republic. Never before in history has a new empire or country ruled as a Republic and succeeded except for the Roman Empire. Also the colonies had no strict adhesive keeping them together as a nation, but they still managed to survive. 2. Analyze what the author calls “the paradox” of the revolutionary era. The “Paradox” of the revolutionary era was a dilemma that can be viewed as “near-sighted” and “far-sighted”. These were the two different ways of justifying becoming an independent nation. The people who were more “far-sighted” could see the many possibilities the nation held in the future and let this influence their actions in attempt to create a completely independent and free nation. However, the “near-sighted” way was mostly arguing against the authority of Parliament; they were against centralized political powers ruling other areas from faraway places that weren’t under its immediate supervision. 3. Examine some of the criticisms of the Constitutional Convention. Some of the criticisms of the constitutional convention were that, firstly, the Convention went beyond its purpose, to revise the Articles of Confederation, and instead replaced it with an entirely new government. Secondly, that the sessions were held in complete secrecy. This is untrue
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Once America was free of British rule, U.S citizens were on their own. They had no form of government to keep them together. The Articles of Confederation were the American’s first attempt at their own government system.
Joseph J. Ellis the author of American Creation which turns out to be a national best seller who wrote other book such as His Excellency, founding brother, American Sphinx, Passionate sage, after the revolution, and school for soldiers. What the author does that make this book a very unique book is he give us a brief back around of American coming to life after multiple attempt to set up a government. He tells us how we use much different culture to build our government from deciding if we should have a dictatorship like in England or not but have a democracy like the Romans. Joseph makes important arguments which could not be resolved at the time we were building the Constitution, of how we should governing a long-term argument over the
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held to address problems in governing the United States which had been operating under the Articles of Confederation since it’s independence from Britain. Fifty-five delegates from the states attended the convention to address these issues. The delegates consisted of federalists who wanted a strong central government to maintain order and were mainly wealthier merchants and plantation owners and anti-federalists who were farmers, tradesmen and local politicians who feared losing their power and believed more power should be given to the states. The Constitutional Convention dealt with the issue of the debate between federalists and anti-federalists. The debates, arguments and compromises
The constitutional convention was better thought out and made, compared to the Articles of Confederation. There weren't as many complaints about the Constitution Convention. However, there were still some complaints about how they liked The Articles of Confederation better than The Constitutional Convention. It took the Congress from a 25 1787 through September 17th 1787 create the Constitutional Convention. And other would words it took them 116 days for them to right the Constitutional Convention. They needed this much time to write it in a proper form that people would
The first central point that Ellis tells the reader to understand is that each and every one of the Founders checked as well as balanced each other on many occasions, especially during the achievements that they made for this country. When a founder wanted some action executed by the nation, another would attempt to persuade that one to not to push for it; checking him into which that
After fighting for our country against Great Britain in the American Revolution, the United States gained independence. We had to figure out how to govern ourselves since we would no longer be under the power of the monarch. The Articles of Confederation was the answer to our problems; even though it established a very weak central government and had many problems, it was our first constitution and our first step towards a solid government. Some of the problems with the Articles included that the Congress had no power to tax, no power to regulate commerce, no power to regulate domestic affairs, no power to enforce laws, and many more. The problems lead to troubles with the States which convinced the Continental Congress to create a convention of delegated people to revise them; this convention was called the Constitutional Convention. The Convention fixed these problems by throwing the Articles out altogether and creating a new Constitution.
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 marked the evolution from the Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution. The ratification argument led to disagreements between the Federalists, who wanted to approve the Constitution, and Anti-Federalists, who opposed the document. The latter believed that the new system forced by the Constitution failed to protect the individual rights of citizens and threatened liberties.
The Constitutional Convention was held in May 25 1787 in Philadelphia to discuss revising the Article of Confederation. Delegates from the various states met in Philadelphia and George Washington president was elected to preside over Convention. However, the result of convention wasn’t likely what the purpose of convention to revise the Article of Confederation because what it ended up doing could not answer successfully the question of slavery and was creating a new constitution, which was the United States Constitution. There were three plans submitted for government structure which were Virginia, New Jersey, and Connecticut Compromise.
Ellis thinks that the distinguishing factors are significant because the American Revolution helped to create a nation that provided a place for all people to live, despite their religion, nationality or beliefs. He believed that the country was very powerful and this could be seen through the way that it became a country from an
1. According to Ellis’s preface, explain what is so phenomenal about the founding of the United States?
The book “Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History” by Madaras, Larry and James SoRelle draws attention on controversial issues. James and Madaras wrote the book in a debate-style format, which intrigues many students, hence supporting them in enhancing their critical thinking skills. James and Madaras ensured that every issue in the book has a summary, introduction, challenge question and postscript. Therefore, the paper will focus on issue 10, which debates on whether the new deal prolonged the great depression. The great depression refers to an era in US history, which happened from 1929 to 1941 during president Franklin Delano Roosevelt era, and it made the US citizens face economic hard times. The great depression era had much overproduction, inequality in wealth distribution and over borrowing. Consequently, the president implemented the new deal with the aim of saving American citizens from the great depression. However, people had different feelings regarding the effectiveness of the new deal, which brought up the debate in the book. For example, Burton Folsom believed that the new deal was not effective because he thought that it prolonged the great depression. On the contrary, Roger Biles alleged that the new deal was effective, and it did not prolong the great depression (Madaras and James 227).
1. The experience of empire for conquered peoples was broadly similar whoever their rulers were. Does the material of this chapter support or challenge this idea? Support your answer.
It is easy to interpret the American Revolution simply as a struggle for freedom. The magnanimous phrases of the Declaration of Independence have embedded in our hearts and minds glorious images of the Founding Fathers fighting for the natural rights of man. The American Revolution, however, also had a darker side to it, the side of self-interest and profit. The signers of the Declaration represented various classes – the working class, the wealthy land owners and merchants, the intellectuals, and the social elite. Each of these strata had its own set of expectations and fears, which lent a new dimension to the cause of the Revolution. The pressure of these internal, and often overlapping groups, combined with the oppressive external