The protection of liberty and the need for a Bill of Rights.

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Module 1 – Case


Assignment Overview

Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

This writing assignment explores the arguments for and against ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Case Assignment

Step 1

Read one set of the following papers. This site will help you get started on selecting a set of Federalist papers.

Once you are in this site, you will see the Federalist papers listed, 1 through 85. Click the ones that match up to the topics areas below. Be aware that these papers were written in the late 1700s after the Revolutionary War. So, take your time reading them because they are presented in the original late 1700s way of speaking and writing.

Federalist No. 10 and Anti-Federalist No. 14: The nature of union and the role of factions (political parties).

Federalist No. 84 and Anti-Federalist No. 84: The protection of liberty and the need for a Bill of Rights.

Federalist No. 51 and Anti-Federalist No. 47: The nature and role of a system of checks and balances.




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Step 2

Write a 3 – to 4-page paper summarizing a comparison of the documents.

Compare and contrast the positions of the Federalists and the Anti- Federalists in your selected set of papers. Write a concise summary based on the topics addressed in your chosen Federalist and Anti- Federalist papers.

Step 3

Proofread and save your work.

Assignment Expectations

Use concepts from the background readings as well as any academic resources you can find (Wikipedia-type sources are not acceptable). Please be sure to cite your sources within the text and provide a reference page at the end of your paper.

Length: 3 to 4 pages, double-spaced, typed using 12 Point Times New Roman font. The following items will be assessed in particular:

Your ability to apply the basic concepts to the questions.

Some in-text references to the background readings (APA formatting not required).

The essay should address each element of the assignment. Remember to support your answers with solid references including the background readings.

Upload your paper to the Case 1 Dropbox when it is completed.



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