You will compose a 500 word reflective essay based on the debate between the Federalists and Antifederalists during the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

The ratification of the U.S. Constitution saw the emergence of two, opposed political parties: the Federalists and Antifederalists. As each of the thirteen colonial legislatures sought to ratify the U.S. Constitution, both Federalists and Antifederalists produced political ‘papers’ often published in sympathetic newspapers that explained their ideological rationale.

Directions: Examine the writings of the Federalist and Antifederalist Parties in light of the historical context of the late eighteenth century. Within your essay please include specific, primary content from the course text and at least two Federalist and/or Antifederalist Papers.

Although you may pick other Federalist and/or Antifederalist documents you may find these documents of particular interest:

Federalist No. 10

Federalist No. 51

Federalist No. 78

Brutus No. 15

Within a 500 word essay please include:

  • An introduction.
  • How do Federalists and Antifederalists plan to organize the federal government?
  • Based on your academic understanding of federalism which party would you align yourself with? Why?
  • Support your answer(s) with information obtained from the text and at least two Federalist and/or Anti-Federalist essays.
  • A conclusion.
  • Correct grammar and syntax.
  • APA Format.

The Assignment should be at least 500 words, and must use and cite the text and primary documents as sources. Cite the work internally and in full reference at the end, following APA style guidelines. Citation is important to build the definitions, demonstrate your research, and to make it clear which ideas are yours and which are from the source. Check with the KU Writing Center for APA style tips and assistance.

 
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