Students analyze the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution, and they compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government.
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Describe the significance of the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and the Mayflower Compact.
Analyze the Articles of Confederation and the reasons for its replacement by the Constitution.
Explain the Constitution and its success in implementing the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.
Evaluate the major debates that occurred during the development of the Constitution and their ultimate resolutions in such areas as shared power among institutions, divided state-federal power, slavery, the rights of individuals and states (later addressed by the addition of the Bill of Rights), and the status of American Indian nations.
Describe the political philosophy underpinning the Constitution as specified in The Federalist Papers (by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay), and explain the role of such leaders as James Madison, George Washington, Roger Sherman, Gouverneur Morris, and James Wilson in the writing and ratification of the Constitution.