The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What problems were Americans having with the Articles of Confederation?

The Articles were considered too weak, and they left the government susceptible to popular sentiment, which corrupted judges and legislators.

2. What were the forms of government being considered at the Constitutional Convention?

Delegates considered Constitutional monarchy, republicanism, and democracy. Constitutional monarchy included a king or executive whose powers would be limited by a constitution and a people's assembly. The republic comprised a representative government with checks on democratic control and no hereditary executive. Democracy was understood to mean town-meeting style democracy or direct voting by the people.

3. Why was constitutional monarchy unpopular?

Constitutional monarchy was unpopular because of the revolution against monarchical rule in Britain.

4. Why was democracy unpopular?

Most people considered "mere democracy" to be a preface to mob rule and eventual rule by an uneducated but popular "man of the people."

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