Constitution Debate Paper REVISED

Constitution Debate Paper REVISED - Unlike the Articles of...

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Unlike the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution allotted more rights to the central government, including more regulation of trade, the disposition of western lands, and the ability to wage war, but also provided the states with many rights. Although the document was purely political and only secondarily economic, many believed that the elite wrote it for their own benefit. At the rise of robber barons in the early 1900’s, Charles Beard drew the conclusion that “as practical men [the writers of the Constitution] were able to build the new government upon the only foundations which would be stable: fundamental economic interests” (Beard 110). In other words, he thought that the privileged men writing the Constitution wrote it to protect their own property. However, these men, who were the most educated in the colonies and most fit to attend the Constitutional Convention, had the wellbeing of the entire population in mind when writing this monumental document. The structure of government benefited everyone in the growing nation. The United States was to have three branches with checks and balances on one another: the Executive branch, the Legislative branch, and the Judicial Branch. Alexander Hamilton, in his “Federalist Papers,” referred to this three-branch system as an “energetic” government, which should be supported because “its distribution and organization [would] more properly claim attention under the succeeding head” (Hamilton, 23). “The House of Representatives [was] composed of members chosen every second year by the people of all the several states” and was the people’s direct influence on the Legislative branch of government (1.2.1). The second half of the Congress consisted of the Senate, in which each state had equal representation of two senators (1.2.5). The reason the
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HUMA 201 taught by Professor Downie during the Spring '08 term at UChicago.

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