Government 12 – The Federalist & Anti-Federalist

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This course examines the thought of the Founding Fathers regarding the ratification of the Constitution and its provisions and allows the student to understand the original intent and the origin of the political thought expressed.

It entails the reading and marking or journaling of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.

The final exam consists of displaying the annotated volumes or the well-worn journal, as well as engaging in a discussion surrounding the political thought.

The student is free to read these within a short span, or spread it out over the course of the year. The Lesson Grid is here only to help with the pacing.

Objectives:
1 – Reading and annotating or journaling of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
2 – Keeping-up with current affairs through use of the Who’s Who Notebooks; studying issues of special interest to the student at each level of government; forming and expressing his/her opinion to the pertinent official or in an appropriate public forum.

Materials:
1 – The Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay $7.95 – A DOCUMENT THAT SHAPED A NATION An authoritative analysis of the Constitution of the United States and an enduring classic of political philosophy. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers explain the complexities of a constitutional government—its political structure and principles based on the inherent rights of man. Scholars have long regarded this work as a milestone in political science and a classic of American political theory. Based on the original McLean edition of 1788 and edited by noted historian Clinton Rossiter, this special edition includes:
● Textual notes and a select bibliography by Charles R. Kesler
● Table of contents with a brief précis of each essay
● Appendix with a copy of the Constitution cross-referenced to The Federalist Papers
● Index of Ideas that lists the major political concepts discussed
● Copies of The Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation

2 – The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates by Patrick Henry & Others; Edited by Ralph Ketchum $7.95 (Or $12.81) – The complete texts of the documents that tell the story of the clashes and compromises that gave birth to the Unites States of America. Should the members of the government be elected by direct vote of the people? Should the government be headed by a single executive, and how powerful should that executive be? Should immigrants be allowed into the United States? How should judges be appointed? What human rights should be safe from government infringement? In 1787, these important questions and others were raised by such statesmen as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt as the states debated the merits of the proposed Constitution. Along with The Federalist Papers, this invaluable book documents the political context in which the Constitution was born. This volume includes the complete texts of the Anti-Federalist Papers and Constitutional Convention debates, commentaries, and an Index of Ideas. It also lists cross-references to its companion volume, The Federalist Papers, available in a Signet classic edition. Edited and with an Introduction by Ralph Ketchum
Keeping Current on Public Affairs:

It is expected that by this point the student is well-acquainted with his pubic officials and their particular interests and persuasions. He should also be keeping tabs on what is going on at all levels of government that affect him, researching issues of interest to him, and making his opinions known. This is simply an ongoing responsibility of citizenship. It is expected that at the end of the Level, he will be able to present his Report on Involvement as a part of his final. (See FINAL, Lesson 179 for instructions for the Report on Involvement.)

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