Federalism Lecture Notes

On August 31, 2018, in Information, by lwaddell

Here are the notes from the Federalism lecture.

Federalism Lecture Notes (pdf)

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Federalism Reading Questions

On August 30, 2018, in Uncategorized, by lwaddell

Answer the following questions and turn in at the end of the period.

The Merits of the Federal System

1. Bryce points out that none of these political mechanisms would be successful without moral and material influences: the love of self-government and a “sense of community in blood, in language, in habits and ideas, a common pride in the national history and the national flag.” Is he right? Are these factors more important than the mechanism established under the Constitution, and are they still important? Are they still realistic assessments of the American populace?

2. Bryce notes that federalism allows local governments to experiment in legislation and administration without risking the fate of the nation as a whole. Is this kind of separation necessarily good? Does Bryce overlook many of the costs of federalism?

Gonzales v Raich

1.  Who did the Supreme Court defer to?

2.  What two clauses were cited in this case?  Explain both clauses and how the court used the clauses in their ruling.

McCulloch v Maryland

1.  What were the principal arguments used by Chief Justice Marshall to justify the extension of congressional power to include the power to incorporate a bank, even though the words “bank” and “incorporation” are nowhere to be found in the text of the Constitution?

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Federalist #51 Reading

On August 24, 2018, in Assignments, Readings, by lwaddell

Another document that we must read and understand is Federalist #51.  The document is included here along with a set of reading questions to help you understand the document.

Federalist #51

  1. What is the purpose of separating the powers of government?
  2. What is essential for the “preservation of liberty” and how should this “be so constituted”?
  3. Why should the departments not be dependent on each other to act?
  4. Explain this statement in the context of Madison’s argument: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary”.
  5. In a republican government which branch is the strongest?
  6. Identify three ways of “remedying this inconveniency”.
  7. List the two ways the federal system of the U.S. “places that system in a very interesting point of view”.
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Brutus #1 Reading

On August 23, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

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?
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Articles of Confederation

On August 20, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

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 an assignment.  Please read the articles and complete the assignment.

Articles of Confederation

Articles of Confederation Assignment

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Federalist #10 Reading

On August 10, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

There are several documents to know, and Federalist #10 is one of them.  Madison discusses factions and how to deal with them.  You will find Federalist #10 and a series of questions to help you understand the document.  These questions are due at the beginning of the next class period.

Federalist #10

Federalist #10 Guided Questions

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Declaration of Independence Reading

On August 10, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

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. To which is the Declaration closer and why?
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

Email your responses to lwaddell@tempeunion.org

Guest Speaker Project

On August 9, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

To reach a better understanding of government, a dialogue is needed. An excellent way to start a dialogue is to bring people who have a better understanding of the subject into class. The class will be broken into 10 groups. Each group will select a category and then secure a guest speaker for the class. This is an assignment for the class. Each guest speaker will be worth 10 points. The guest speaker will need to be available for the entire class period. If multiple classes would like to secure the same speaker, that speaker will need to be available for each period.

Guest Speaker-Speaker List

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Remind Texts

On August 8, 2018, in Information, by lwaddell

Here is the information on how to sign up for text alerts for the class.

Remind Texts Sign-Up

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Discussion Post is Open

On August 8, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Discussion Post #1 is open on the AP  Blog page.  You will be able to access the blog by clicking on the link below.  Be sure to read the rubric on how points are earned.  If you have any questions, be sure to ask.  The Post will close on August 10 at 5:00 pm.

Discussion Post #1

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