Everything you need to understand or teach The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates.
The Anti-Federalist Papers is a compilation of the debates over the American form of government between 1787 and 1790. This period of time began with increasing dissatisfaction with The Articles of Confederation, which were the law of the land from 1777 to 1789. Many saw the Articles of Confederation as failing to provide the federal government with sufficient power for a variety of reasons, including its inability to pay off debts and collect revenue, prevent state skirmishes and resolve other conflicts. During this time there was an enormous debate about how American government should be structured.
What is notable about this period is that all the participants have the same goal: to preserve as much human liberty as possible. However, they disagree significantly upon the means. Some believe the federal government needs more power over the states, others less than what the proposed Constitution provides. Some prefer more democratic modes of government...
The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates Lesson Plans contain 122 pages of teaching material, including: