English III (2013) Sem 1 (S2605467)
Points possible: 50
Write a literary analysis essay of the U.S. Constitution.
Focus on how the Constitution provides liberty for American citizens.
Use quotations from the Constitution to support your points.
If you choose, you can compare or contrast the U.S. Constitution with the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace (the Iroquois Constitution).
Your essay should use a basic three-paragraph structure (introductory paragraph with a hook and a thesis, a supporting paragraph, and a concluding paragraph) and should be written in 12-point font with one-inch page margins.
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Article one section two of the Constitution defines how the population will be counted, obviously there was a strong opposition to this by Southern states like Virginia because their economy was based on slave labor and they had a bigger population because of it.
Additionally, In Young’s’ article he mentions “four ghosts” (Young 3) the first being Thomas Paine, Abraham Yates, Daniel Shays and Thomas Peters who “haunted” (young 3) the minds of elites as they were making the constitution. These “ghosts” were representations of the resistance the elites encountered during the revolution; as a result, accommodations were made in order to avoid conflicts such as the ones they had previously faced such as Shays Rebellion.
Secondly, another issue would arise with the Article 4. Section 1 declares that all states will honor the laws of all other states; this ensures, for example, if someone was declared a slave in one state they couldn’t be freed in another state. Also, section two, serves as the comprise between the founders and citizens to section one by guarantying that citizens of one state be treated equally and fairly like all citizens of another. It also says that if a person accused of a crime in one state flees to another, they will be returned to the state they fled from. The slave states could lose more slave labor by other owners claiming slaves that weren’t theirs.
Those people like William Byrd feared that the Constitution wouldn’t work because it was