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The ratification of the U.S. Constitution saw the emergence of two, opposed political parties: the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. As each of the thirteen colonial legislatures sought to ratify the U.S. Constitution, both Federalists and Anti-Federalists produced political ‘papers’ - often published in sympathetic newspapers – that explained their ideological rationale.

Examine the writings of the Federalist of Anti-Federalist Parties in light of the historical context of the late eighteenth century. These are found in MyPolySci Library.

Which party would you align yourself with? Why? Please be sure to support your answer(s) with the writings of either the Federalist or Anti-Federalist parties.

STUDENT #1 Response

Hello Class and Professor,

 “In 1942, during World War II, Representative Jennings Randolph (D–WV) proposed a constitutional amendment that would lower the voting age to eighteen, believing that since young men were old enough to be drafted to fight and die for their country, they also should be allowed to vote.  During the 1960s, the campaign to lower the voting age took on a new sense of urgency as hundreds of thousands of young men were drafted to fight in Vietnam, and thousands of men and women were killed in action. “Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote,” was one popular slogan of the day.”(O’Connor 2013). In those times age was a factor when it came to giving your opinion or doing something major such as voting, but to go to war and defend our country was something that even the youngest male would have to face. No human life is valueless and Randolph believed that if a person is old enough to be drafted to war and risk their lives that they should be allowed and given the same opportunities to voice their political views as anybody else. This is one of the many things that influenced the Constitution and falls under the category of equality for all mankind.

“In 1765, at the urging of Samuel Adams, nine of the thirteen colonies sent representatives to a meeting in New York City, where a detailed list of crown violations of the colonists’ fundamental 32 33 rights was drafted. Known as the Stamp Act Congress, this gathering was the first official meeting of the colonies and the first step toward creating a unified nation.” (O’Connor 2013). Without progress there is no process. Gathering all of the representatives for the thirteen colonies was the beginning of unification as well as the beginning of the form of a strong congressional group that would later be an influence on the way that the constitution was written as well as what exactly is written in the constitution. Without unity and everybody being on the same wave of communication none of the positive changes gathered for the Constitution would have never been possible.

STUDENT #2 Response

Hello Professor and Classmate

The first Amendment I choose from the U.S. Constitution was the eighteenth Amendment which effectively abolished the sale of alcohol and brought on an era of prohibition in America that stated in 1922 and ended in 1933 when the twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was put into law which has been the only Amendment put into law to repeal an existing amendment and the only amendment of the twenty-seven amendments to have been ratified by state conventions instead of state legislators who have ratified all of the other amendment.

The second Amendment I choose from the U.S. Constitution was the twenty-second Amendment which was put into place to limit the term of the president of the United States of America to only two terms it became effective in 1947 after Franklin D Roosevelt served almost four consecutive terms as president from (1933-1945) and the twenty-second Amendment was ratified by the states in 1951 making it officially valid.

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