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beachbabe0191's picture
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Frq Help!!!!!

I really need help with these 2 essay prompts! An essay would be ideal, but a little direction would work too. I also need them very quickly - like in the next day.

What evidence is there for the assertion that the basic principles of the constitution were firmly grounded in the political and religious experience of America's colonial and revolutionary periods?

"Between 1783 and 1800 the new government of the United States faced the same political, economic, and constitutional issues that troubled the British government's relations with the colonies prior to the Revolution." Assess the validity of this generalization.

simplyfantabulis's picture
Joined: Jan 2007

Well, think of it this way. Why was the Constitution created? Why were the writers so intent on outlining specific points? Look at the Constitution. You can connect the constitution to how the colonists were treated. For example, look at WHY there is a separation of government.

As for the second essay, think of the specific rebellions that went on. Why was there a problem with taxing? What other problems did the US government face?

"If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?"

beachbabe0191's picture
Joined: Aug 2007

thanks for the help
i've started on it
how does this sound:

The constitution was founded in order to “prevent the tyranny of the majority and the minority, have substantial powers to created conditions for both short and long term economic development, and to formulate and conduct a more effective foreign policy” (Epstein 110). The principals of the Constitution reflect bicameralism, separation of powers and checks and balances, and federalism.
In Colonial America, colonists experienced firsthand governmental tyranny. The British government’s tyranny was exposed in the Declaration of Independence. Some of which are, “He [the king] has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good; For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial …; For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world; For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent; For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury…” (“The Declaration of Independence”). After experiencing this tyrannical government, the Framers of the Constitution sought to eliminate this aspect from occurring in their own pursuit of republican rule. The Framers did this by enforcing bicameralism into their legislature; allowing both legislative houses to check the other’s authority. This was also accomplished by the creation and separation of powers. The Framers created three branches of government; although each one has its own powers and responsibilities, they are forced to interact with each other. This principal was created to prevent tyranny especially in the executive branch (Epstien 114). Federalism was also included as a principal in the Constitution. It divided power between the central government and the states. This allowed the states to have limited powers; such as conducting elections. It gave the federal government power to declare war, borrow money, etc.
Since the Articles of Confederation were established during the Revolutionary War, many colonists were afraid to grant too much power to a central government. Because the colonial American’s had just rid themselves of British tyranny, they liberally granted Congress few powers. The Constitution’s principal of having “ sufficient powers” overcame the Article’s handicap of “no power to regulate commerce” and could not enforce tax collection (Kennedy 173). The Articles’ lack of power to Congress resulted in poor political and economic development. The states were free to establish their own, and often inconsistent, tax and navigation laws (Kennedy 173). And with the extremely limited power of Congress, they “could not command or coerce control” (Kennedy 173) over the individual states. The Constitution solved this problem by creating distinct separated powers, each with checks and balances.

bassoonist@large's picture
Joined: Sep 2007

It sounds really good in my opinion. Seems like you know what you're talking about. But it's just that the transitions were shaky. I know this isn't about apush, but you already know your facts and all you've got to do is put them together. So just rephrase a couple of sentences and as you do, you'll realize how much more information you can add into it.

But overall, I'd have to say it was a really good.

capitalization? who the heck came up with this horrible rule?!

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ib art; ib math sl; ib english

beachbabe0191's picture
Joined: Aug 2007

thanks everyone for your help and advice
I feel so much more confident about this assignment
I will lwt you know how I do!

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