INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVESStudents will be able to:
• Understand the issues involved in the ratification of the Constitution • Assess the arguments of Federalists and Anti-Federalists during the ratification debates
|1.||Explain that the debates surrounding ratification were intense and split American leaders into two camps: Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Federalists supported a strong national government. They argued that the Constitution would provide the stability and unity missing under the Articles of Confederation, and would facilitate the economic, political, and diplomatic growth of the nation. Anti-Federalists argued that the strong government under the Constitution did not protect basic rights and could lead to tyranny. Anti-Federalists wanted power to reside with the states, whose governments were closer to the people.|
|2.||Tell the class that they will role-play the debate over ratification. Federalists and AntiFederalists will debate the issue before a group of reporters, who will then ask each side questions.|
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Publication information: Book title: Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History. Contributors: Eleanora Von Dehsen - Author, Nancy Claxton - Author. Publisher: International Debate Education Association. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2009. Page number: 41.
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