Identify and describe the main provisions of the Articles of Confederation

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(TCOs 1 and 2) Identify and describe the main provisions of the Articles of Confederation.

Then discuss the main weaknesses of the Articles which caused Framers to rethink its usefulness. Explain how Shays Rebellion influenced that process. Make sure you use enough details to support your answer.

(TCOs 1 and 2) Identify and describe the main provisions of the Constitution of 1787. Make sure you analyze the compromises made at the convention to ensure the passage of the new federal constitution. How did this new document differ from the Articles of Confederation?

(TCO 2) Identify and analyze the following: The Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act as factors contributing to the Civil War.

(TCO 2) Identify and analyze the Dred Scott decision. Be sure to discuss the political reaction to this decision. How did the case contribute to the dispute that slavery was not just a moral problem, but a political and legal one as well?

(TCO 2) Identify the various Reconstruction remedies under consideration at the end of the Civil War. How was Lincoln’s different from Johnson’s, and how did both differ from what Congress had in mind.  Be sure your answer includes any Constitutional amendments which might be of importance to the discussion.

(TCOs 5, 6, 7) American business in the last quarter of the 19th Century was characterized by the so-called ‘Robber Barons’.  Identify and discuss the achievements of any three of the following: John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, and William Vanderbilt. Then discuss what actions the government took at the time to control big business.

(TCOs 6 and 7) America began to move away from its isolationist roots in the last quarter of the 19th century.  Discuss the reasons, both tangible and intangible for such a move and any concrete results that the policy shift produced.

(TCOs 6 and 7) Progressivism took many forms as it influenced American society in the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century.  Nowhere was that truer than in the political arena.  Identify and discuss three progressive political reforms that have and still do influence the American political landscape. 

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