Homework Three Answers - Student Sixteen

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1. The Articles of Confederation didn’t allow for any armed forces or for any effective diplomatic actions. The lack of an armed force insured that nations and pirates would violate borders and harass shipping. A weak diplomatic branch meant that over two million was spent in payoffs.

Fascinating statistic! Superb answer.

2. In between writing the Declaration of Independence and two terms as president Thomas Jefferson was the second most influential Founding Father.

Good, though I wouldn't agree that he was the "second most influential" Founding Father. He wasn't even at the Constitutional Convention, for example. The key provisions in the Declaration of Independence were from the Virginia Declaration of Rights. More explanation is needed to justify your conclusion. (Minus 1).

4. Washington leadership came out in the near mutiny of 1784. Not only did he convince more then ten thousand men to wait for compensation he also convinced nearly a dozen generals to wait

Superb citation to that momentous event.

6. The most important aspect of the Northwest Ordinance was its blocking of slavery above the Ohio River. The second most important thing it did was create a path to statehood.


7. John Adams was a one-term president because he failed to improve the economy and he expanded the government’s power beyond the constitution.


8. Concentrating all the power in the state legislator was not the best of ideas because it allows anyone in power to create laws to stay in power.

Right: essential checks and balances are lacking when power is concentrated in one branch.

H1. I would have strongly supported the Constitution. Its unique balance of individual rights, states rights, and federal rights along with the ability to amend it make it one of the best governments of all time.


H2. Kentucky and Virginia did not have the right to nullify a law because of the sixth Article which says “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby”. It is for the courts to strike down an unconstitutional law. If a state is dissatisfied by the state of affairs it can secede.

OK. You make your argument well.

H4. I would have made education easier to obtain and secured the right to recall.

Terrific, could become a model answer.


Grade: 89/90. One of the best homeworks in the class!--Andy Schlafly 14:58, 27 February 2011 (EST)