United States Constitution and New York

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1) How does the U.S. Constitution reflect the political atmosphere of the United States in the late eighteenth century? What domestic and international concerns prompted the Constitutional Convention of 1787? Explain how these concerns were addressed by the debates of the framers, and what extent did the final document successfully meet the political challenges of the period? Before the U.S. Constitution the political atmosphere during the late eighteenth century was very turbulent. The Constitution is a direct reflection of the political climate during the eighteenth century. The National government was dysfunctional under the Articles of Confederation and held little authority over the states and taxes revenues whereas the…show more content…
On the other hand, many American at the time strongly feared that a strong central government would “eventually swallow up the states.” Despite the “Anti-Federalist” views, this was the best system of governing at the time when compared to the Articles. Under this new system, sovereignty was clearly outlined between the state and national government as well as concurrent powers. Another reason why federalism was chosen was that federalism wasn’t a fix system. Federalism was design to change with the political climate of the nation which made it easier to change if either the state or national government was acting outside of its constitutional limits. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 is an example of how federalism works. The Welfare program was federally ran and provided cash assistance to every poor family with children. The reform was enacted due to the strong opinions of Americans that the federal government was spending too much money on welfare. One of the key elements of the legislation was the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) this new program made eligibility stricter and added limits for the duration of assistance. The new program TANF would not be ran by the federal government but by the states. States were also in charge of creating training and education programs to limit the amount of families receiving aides. This

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