POLS-1305 Spring 2011-- Lecture Outline

January  20, 2011


The Constitution

Readings:



Today's Lecture

CLEARLY STATED LEARNING OBJECTIVES- Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Origins of the Constitution  

THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION: THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT A SOCIAL CONTRACT
What Was It?

How did it work?

Why the Articles Failed
  • Free Riders
  • Problems of Debt

  • No Economic Regulation

 

 

 

The government under a social contract must provide order, and the Articles failed to do this. Alexander Hamilton noted that a strong government needed to rescue the "American empire from disunion, anarchy and misery. People and States were unwilling to relinquish their freedom for order

 

The Annapolis Convention- what if you have a party and no one comes? 

 

 

Daniel Shay's Rebellion- what if you have a rebellion, and no one comes to stop it?
 

THE U.S. CONSTITUTION A SECOND TRY AT A SOCIAL CONTRACT

The states called for a convention with the sole purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation. The final result was something much greater.

The Battles

The Solutions

 

 
    

Was the Document too powerful? Whereas people viewed the articles as being too weak, many viewed the Constitution as being too strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problems with a new constitutional convention in 1787

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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