Social Studies - 2017-18

GOVT.4a - Ratification Debates and "The Federalist"

The student will apply social science skills to understand the Constitution of the United States by 

a) examining the ratification debates and The Federalist; 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Big Themes/Concepts: Compromise, Power, Unity vs. Division

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The debates over ratification of the Constitution of the United States focused on powers given to the national government and the protection of individual rights.

ESSENTIALS

Ratification debates 

• Nine of thirteen states were needed to ratify the Constitution. 

• Anti-Federalist position – Suspicious of a strong central government – Wanted Bill of Rights to protect personal liberties 

• Federalist position – Believed that a strong central government was the best way to protect freedom The 

Federalist (later known as The Federalist Papers) was a series of essays supporting adoption of the Constitution of the United States. 

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 22, 2017