This Chapter covers the defining events of the creation of the American Experience. The establishment of the three separate Branches of Government with powers to check each other, sovereignty resting with the people, competing interest groups, the importance of James Madison – the father of the Constitution. Then the problems of actually governing.
In this Chapter the failure of individual State sovereignty embodied in the Articles of Confederation is tied to the need for a strong central government. Without a blueprint delegates crafted a new government embodied in the Constitution. Consider whether the Constitution of 1787 was democratic. What issues comprise the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate? Who gained the right to vote? Who did not? What purpose does the Bill of Rights represent? What is the Federalist Program? The Adams Presidency?