Analyzing the Articles of Confederation



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Analyzing the Articles of Confederation


  1. What is the structure of the government under the Articles of Confederation? (How are laws made, executed, and judged? What bodies do these tasks?) Draw a picture to illustrate the structure of government under the Articles.



  1. What are the main jobs of the government (the United States in Congress assembled) under the Articles? What is the government responsible for?



  1. What limits do the Articles place on the powers of state governments?



  1. In what ways do the Articles of Confederation protect the powers of state governments?

Analyzing the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

The Constitution: The Bill of Rights:

What is the structure of the government under the Constitution? (How are laws made, executed, and judged? What bodies do these tasks?) Draw a picture to illustrate the structure of government under the Constitution.





What are the main jobs of the Congress under the Constitution? What are the main jobs of the President? What jobs are listed that were not given to the national government under the Articles of Confederation?






What limits does the Constitution place on Congress? What may it NOT do?





What limits does the Constitution place on the powers of state governments?





In what ways does the Constitution protect the powers of state governments?






How does the Constitution balance the interests of large vs. small states?





In what ways does the Constitution balance the interest of slaveholders (slave states) and non slaveholders (free states)? What parts of the Constitution seem to address slavery?






How does the Constitution limit the power of the people to influence the national government?






What rights (such as the “rights of Englishmen” are embedded in the Constitution – the original text, not the Bill of Rights?







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