Creating Republican Governments
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A question pack on republicanism and early republican governments.
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To what form of government did the American revolutionaries turn after the war for independence?
Which of the following was not one of Franklin’s thirteen virtues?
What defined republicanism as a social philosophy?
Which of the following figures did not actively challenge the status of women in the early American republic?
Mercy Otis Warren
Judith Sargent Murray
Which state had the clearest separation of church and state?
How would you characterize Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on race and slavery?
Which of the following states had the most democratic constitution in the 1780s?
Under the Articles of Confederation, what power did the national Confederation Congress have?
the power to tax
the power to enforce foreign treaties
the power to enforce commercial trade agreements
the power to create land ordinances
What were the primary causes of Shays’ Rebellion?
Which plan resolved the issue of representation for the U.S. Constitution?
the Rhode Island Agreement
the New Jersey Plan
the Connecticut Compromise
the Virginia Plan
How was the U.S. Constitution ratified?
by each state at special ratifying conventions
at the Constitutional Convention of 1787
at the Confederation Convention
by popular referendum in each state
Explain the argument that led to the three-fifths rule and the consequences of that rule.
Describe the state constitutions that were more democratic and those that were less so. What effect would these different constitutions have upon those states? Who could participate in government, whether by voting or by holding public office? Whose interests were represented, and whose were compromised?
In what ways does the United States Constitution manifest the principles of both republican and democratic forms of government? In what ways does it deviate from those principles?
In this chapter’s discussion of New York’s ratifying convention, Alexander Hamilton takes issue with Anti-Federalist delegate Melancton Smith’s assertion that (as Hamilton says) “a pure democracy, if it were practicable, would be the most perfect government.” What did Smith—and Hamilton—mean by “a pure democracy”? How does this compare to the type of democracy that represents the modern United States?
Describe popular attitudes toward African Americans, women, and Indians in the wake of the Revolution. In what ways did the established social and political order depend upon keeping members of these groups in their circumscribed roles? If those roles were to change, how would American society and politics have had to adjust?
How did the process of creating and ratifying the Constitution, and the language of the Constitution itself, confirm the positions of African Americans, women, and Indians in the new republic? How did these roles compare to the stated goals of the republic?
What were the circumstances that led to Shays’ Rebellion? What was the government’s response? Would this response have confirmed or negated the grievances of the participants in the uprising? Why?