Unit 2 dbq commentary

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Unit 2 DBQ Commentary

-There is ample evidence to support an answer on either side of this question

Revolutionary Principles

-Whig ideology; fear of strong tyrannical gov’t; self-government, egalitarianism

republican gov’t (representative democracy); liberty

Documents that argue for the Articles of Confederation

  • Document B: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

  • Document C: AofC excerpt

  • Document D: Land Ordinance of 1785

  • Document F: Jefferson’s letter speaking of the need for political revolution every generation or so

Outside SFI

  • Discussion of British actions after the French & Indian War

  • Discussion of colonists reaction to British Acts

  • King George III & Parliament’s heavy-handedness with the colonies

  • Taxation w/o representation

  • Structure of the gov’t under the Articles

Documents that Support the Constitution

  • Document E: Washington’s letter to Madison

  • Document H: Hamilton’s Federalist Paper that warns of unchecked ambition by the states

  • Document I: Constitution of 1787 –Constitution as Supreme Law of the Land

Outside SFI

  • Weaknesses of Articles put liberty in jeopardy

  • Federalist belief in order and stability as foundations of freedom

  • Shays’ Rebellion

  • 13 state governments acted more like 13 countries than a united nation

  • Confederate gov’t commanded little respect internationally, could not pay debts, lingering economic depression

  • Annapolis Convention

Documents for either side

  • Document A: state control of the Confederation or the bicameral Congress of the Constitution

  • Document G: Patrick Henry’s concerns about a Constitution without a Bill of Rights or how the addition of a Bill of Rights demonstrated the natural rights that the revolutionaries wanted to create when separated from Britain


1) Read documents for content and context –source lines give a great deal of information!

-SPRITE: How do these documents reflect the social, political, religious, intellectual, and

economic values of the time period?

2) Organize documents to do the following:

-Support your argument

-Form a counterargument* (Not required for the Unit 2 Test, but want to see in the revision)

3) Group the documents to accomplish the task(s) asked by the question. Don’t simply list them or

quote extensively list them

4) Develop a thesis

5) Analyze the documents using outside SFI to illustrate your thesis

6) Refer back to the question to maintain your focus

7) Draw a conclusion. Do not simply summarize

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