Power

How powerful ought the Federal government be? Did the founders agree on that tricky question? Did they come up with an enduring magic formula?

Having studied history for over 40 years I can be honest with you. I do not know THE answer. I do know there were multiple answers.

My next statement will reveal my political persuasion: "There is not a single 'true' answer."

Unit 2 Introduction . . .

The struggling nation

How powerful ought a government be?  Too weak to penalize a giant international corporation but large enough to stop an oil leak over night? We want a balanced federal budget and our rights to Social Security, Medicare, the military and good roads protected. Think about it. We have a great deal in common with those who created our nation.

The debate over the nature of the American Union and the power concentrated in the central government continues throughout this unit  of American history.  The debate over the power granted the central government remains center stage.

As you study the history of our nation from the "Revolution of 1800" past the Jacksonian debates over the locus of power in the emerging democracy, and then into the Civil War and the effort to reunite the nation and make the freed African Americans part of the social fabric, see if you can identify the original intent of the creators of the American nation.

We have momentum going for us. Go to the menu above, click on Unit 2, then click on lesson one and you will be transported to the lesson one study guide.

Unit II schedule

Week
Lesson
Date
Lesson/Chapter Title
Chap. #
9
9
Mar. 11
JACKSONIAN AMERICA
Communication Intensive Assignment
9
10
10
Mar. 18
AMERICA'S ECONOMIC REVOLUTION
10
11
11
Mar. 25
COTTON, SLAVERY, AND THE OLD SOUTH
11
12
12
Apr. 1
ANTEBELLUM CULTURE AND REFORM
Communication Intensive Assignment
12
13
13
Apr. 8
THE IMPENDING CRISIS
13
14
14
Apr. 15
THE CIVIL WAR
14
15
15
Apr. 22
RECONSTRUCTION AND THE NEW SOUTH
15
16
9-15
Apr. 28
FINAL EXAM
9-15

 

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