The Constitution of the United States: An Introduction Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Floyd G. Cullop
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Part I: Introduction to the Constitution

• Part I affords a short introduction to the United States Constitution.

• The author begins with a short explanation of what constitutional government is and distinguishes the differences between a democracy, a republic, and a democratic republic.

• Also detailed is what distinguishes a direct democracy from an indirect democracy.

• It provides a brief historical background of how the U.S. was governed beginning with the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Articles of Confederation in 1777.

• Problems under the Articles of Confederation are touched on, and then the convention in 1787 is looked at.

• Covered also in a paragraph dealing with each are the three compromises delegates found necessary in order to achieve an agreement: The Great Compromise, The Commercial Compromise, and The Three-Fifths Compromise.

• At the conclusion of Part I is a self-test section for readers to check if they have learned the essential...

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