Homework Three Answers - Student Five

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1. Identify two of the biggest weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

The Foreign Policy was definitely one of the biggest weaknesses. America was already such a small, young country, and was not very well respected among other countries and cultures, (especially by the British) and Spain was also stealing territory near the Mississippi. There were also a lot of Financial Problems. The war did not exactly leave the U.S with a lot of money. Congress tried to print paper money yet this was not very helpful because as taxes ascended in rate, the value of the paper money descended in rate. People were being sent to debtor’s prison.

Excellent! Note that people continued to be sent to debtor's prison well after 1800 too.

2. Other than George Washington, who do you think was the most influential Founding Father?

Personally for me I think that Benjamin Franklin was the most influential besides George Washington of all the Founding Fathers. Just his faith alone is enough to amaze anyone. He was also a brilliant man who invented the Almanac and many other amazing things.

OK, but I wonder if everyone's selection of Benjamin Franklin is the result of bias in the textbooks and media. Franklin was one of the least Christian of the Founding Fathers! His accomplishments were significant, but probably not as influential as more Christian Founders.

3. The Constitutional Convention: describe the “what, when, where, and how” about it.

The Constitutional Convention took place in the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia. The purpose was originally to fix the Articles of Confederation, yet once the Founding Fathers arrived they decided to replace them entirely. They also developed the legislative branch, the judicial branch and the Supreme Court then. Something else worth noting is that they laid down the first ten amendments then, which are still at work today.

Correct until the last sentence. The Constitutional Convention did not develop the first ten amendments. That did not happen until several years later, in order to address a perceived inadequacy in the Constitution. (Minus 1).

4. Give an example of George Washington’s leadership. Explain.

A great example of Washington’s leadership is when Edmund Genet, who was sent to the U.S. from France after the French Revolution, starting giving overly French speeches in America, and also sending Americans to attack British privateers. Washington asked him to stop, but he would not obey. Washington then asked him to return to France, yet the revolution in France had grown worse, so Genet had pleaded to stay, and Washington had granted this.

Good example.

7. President John Adams was only a one-term president. Why?

For one he was stepping into the shoes of what is probably one of the greatest presidents of all time. He was also very argumentative, which is good for certain jobs, yet not the role of the president. Also we were not on good terms with the British at that time either, which made the president role a hard place for him to step into.


8. Debate: Should deliberations to change the government proceed in secrecy, without public scrutiny?

I think so. Yet with cameras and TV’s and tape recorders, such a feat would be virtually impossible. I think it would be easier for all of the leaders to make good decisions not under pressure of the press, and overly critical citizens.

Terrific choice of a question, and a superb answer. Could use as a model.

Daniel N.

Grade: 59/60. Very good answers!--Andy Schlafly 11:54, 27 February 2011 (EST)