The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

What was the heart of the opposition between Federalists and Anti-federalists? Using three or four key issues, describe the fundamental differences between Federalists and Anti-federalists.

Essay Topic 2

How did the Constitutional Convention protect states' rights? Discuss three issues as evidence of the Constitutional Convention's protection of the states.

Essay Topic 3

How did the Constitutional Convention establish a strong federal government? Discuss three issues as evidence of the Constitutional Convention's centralization of power in the federal government.

Essay Topic 4

How were populous states and small states treated differently by the Constitutional Convention? What issues divided them, and how did they balance their interests in the national government?

Essay Topic 5

How did the Constitution change between its first draft after being compiled, and the final draft that was ratified by the states?

Essay Topic 6

The Constitution was the result of a great deal of negotiation. What other opposition...

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