We the People

Constitution - Founded on Compromises

Directions: Use the resources at Ben's Guide: The Constitution to explore the compromises on which the U. S. Constitution was founded.

1. The United States has a bicameral legislature.

a. What does that mean?


b. How was this a compromise?


c. Name the bicameral bodies of the U.S. Government.


d. Is your state government bicameral? (Use you online research skills to find the answer.)


2a. What was the compromise regarding commerce and slavery?



b. Good compromises work for everyone winning in some way. Who were the big losers in this compromise?


c. Is the compromise still in effect today?


3. What are the implications of the Nationality requirements compromises?



4. Survival often hinges on the ability to adapt or change.
It is fortunate that those drafting the Constitution allowed for change - amending.

a. Has it ever been necessary to amend the Constitution?

How many times?


b. Has an amendment ever been repealed? Explain.



5. The United States is not a democracy. It is a republic. Compare and Contrast a republic with a democracy.



"To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility,
is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character." ~ Alexander Hamilton


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Posted 11/2005 by Cindy O'Hora

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