Brutus #1 Reading

Here is Brutus #1.  This is a reply of the Anti-Federalists to the Federalists and the Federalist Papers.  Brutus #1 is in response to Federalist #10.  Please read Brutus #1 and answer the questions below.

Brutus #1

Questions to Consider

  1. Which form of government (a large national republic or a confederation of small republics) is more likely to preserve and protect personal liberties and why?
  2. Can a larger republic, based on the principle of consent of the governed, sufficiently protect the rights and liberties of the individual states and people, or is a confederation the only method of securing such liberty?
  3. Should the federal legislature be able to repeal state laws in order to impose federal laws for the purpose of promoting the general welfare or common defense of the nation? If so, why? If not, why?
  4. Brutus argues that in a republic, “the manners, sentiments, and interests of the people should be similar…if not, there will be a constant clashing of opinions and the representatives of one part will be constantly striving against the other.” Should a republic be made up of a small group of like-minded people? Or, is diversity of opinion beneficial to the success of a federal government?

Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation was the form of government that was used during and after the Revolutionary War.  Below you will find the Articles of Confederation and guided reading questions.

Articles of Confederation


How united were the states under the Articles of Confederation?
What were two flaws in the Articles of Confederation?
Why don’t we still have the Articles of Confederation as the US Constitution?
Would we be better off if the USA were bound less tightly, the states had most of the power, and the federal government had little power?

Declaration of Independence

Read the Declaration of Independence and answer the following questions:
1. What original or novel thoughts were presented by Jefferson in the Declaration?
2. Compare the theory of government defended in the Declaration with the doctrines of Locke.
3. Who does the Declaration give more rights to the state or national government?
4. What is the proper function of government, according to the Declaration, and why had George III violated his right to rule over the American colonies?

Declaration of Independence

Current Event #1

Today we will complete our first current event.  The topic for today is the Government.  You may find any article that deals with either the federal government or the state of Arizona government.  The article you use should be within the last 30 days, hence the name Current.  The assignment is worth 10 points.  All parts need to be answered in complete sentences.  Your citation needs to correct and accurate.  I have attached a copy of the form below.

This assignment is due at the beginning of the next scheduled class.

Current Event Form-word

Current Event Form-pdf

Opening Day Essay

Please answer the following questions and email me your responses to

Please write anything you want me to know about you.  For example, tell me if you work? And if so, where and what do you do? What type of music do you like? Do you have brothers or sisters? What are your plans for the future? Even feel free to tell me what you did this summer.  What do you expect to learn from this class this semester? Please be honest; I will not share these essays with anyone.  These essays allow me to get to know you and give me a sample of your writing.  Thank you.