Zinn, Chapter 5
Part Two, Page 88 ‘til end
What held Jefferson back from "weaning himself (and the nation) from the narrow prejudices" suggested by Banneker?
On page 89 [blue book], there are two views of the constitution, one by George Bancroft and another by Charles Beard. What does each say? How does Beard counteract the notion that the Constitution is a work of genius for the efforts to construct a democracy?
What are the benefits of a strong central government?
What events led to Daniel Shay gathering and organizing 700 farmers to parade in Springfield?
How does Sam Adams, Son of Liberty, respond to Shay’s rebellion? What does he do? What are Thomas Jefferson’s feelings on the matter?
Alexander Hamilton voices his political philosophy. What is it? Additionally, how long should senators be chosen for, according to Mr. Hamilton?
According to the Federalists papers, number 10 in particular, why should we have a strong central (or federal government)?
Why is it important to note that the Constitution replaced the phrase, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, with "Life, Liberty, or property"?
How does/did the constitution gain the support of the "mechanics" and/or middle class?
Why does the constitution serve to protect contracts? Contracts between whom?
What is the Sedition Act of 1798? Why was it necessary?
If the Constitution professes a balance, which parties are to be balanced?