Unit 2 Primary Sources - Nicholas Russo Moloney2 Unit 2...

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Nicholas Russo Moloney2 Unit 2: Primary Sources Primary Source #1: Daniel Gray Explains the Shaysites Violence erupted after state legislature failed to halt farm foreclosures in Massachusetts. Here, Daniel Gray expresses the farmers’ (Shaysites’) grievances. His first cause for the unrest is that there is a great scarcity of cash, making the collection of debts very expensive. The second is that money is not being used to pay off foreign debts. The third is that people are being subjected to unjust punishment and the fourth is that unlimited power has been granted to local authorities. He concludes by saying that the riot will not stand this injustice, and that measures should be taken to pay off the national debt. Primary Source #2: Alexander Hamilton Scans the Future Alexander Hamilton from New York was a brilliant advocator for the Constitution. His views of federalism were very extreme. In his statement concerning the Constitution, Hamilton lists the favorable aspects of the new government. Some include the federal government’s power to regulate commerce, the good will of the people, the hope of paying off debts and a common belief in a strong union. Against the Constitution, Hamilton describes how some people are against the document, how men currently in office are unfit to assume its power, and how there is an influence of men who oppose the Constitution. He also states how many people do not want new taxes or a strong central government, how very democratic people are alarmed at the new assumption of power, and how foreign powers do not wish to see such an energetic new government. Hamilton poses the question as to whether the Constitution will be adopted; he says it is more likely to be adopted despite many fierce oppositions. He says that if the new government is not adopted it will lead to chaos and civil war. Hamilton also says that a reunion with Great Britain is possible, more so if a son of George III assumes the throne. He concludes by saying that George Washington will probably be the president of the United States, and that he will form a great administration that will allow the country to achieve prosperity. Primary Source #3: George Mason is Critical George Mason played a large role in the revolution. As a rich Virginia lawyer, he advocated states’ rights, was against slavery, and was a major speaker at the Philadelphia Convention. He refused to sign the Constitution, mainly because the delegates decided to allow African slave trade for at least 20 more years. Mason starts his pamphlet by pointing out that there is no “Declaration of Rights,” and that state documents will not be sufficient. He goes on to say that the Judiciary branch crushes the courts of the states, making justice unattainable and allowing the rich to oppress the poor. Mason then tells us how there is no “Constitutional Council” for the President, and he will therefore be unsupported and will be used by Congress. Mason also says that it is

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