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CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES Final Examination Instructions: Please answer 1of the below two questions in a thoughtful, well-organized essay. Your answer should draw on evidence and arguments grounded in the assigned readings, your notes, and class lectures. 1. Identity Crisis : The New World colonial experience gave birth to American understandings of republican and liberal values. Although these philosophies complemented each other well in the efforts to cast off imperial British rule during the American Revolutionary era, their future influence under a new constitution was uncertain. In a well organized essay, explain whether the U.S. Constitution is principally a republican or liberal document. Trace the past of American constitutional decisions and developments to identify whether it supported republican or liberal sentiments. Were there times when interpretations of the Constitution shifted from one to the other? What social, political, and economic forces propelled such interpretations?
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