The Ratification Debate

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Most Americans profess their love for the US Constitution, but this was not always the case. An informative lesson overviews the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists by summarizing the main arguments of each side. It focuses on the differences between the two sides concerning the role of the federal judiciary. At its conclusion, the lesson also links to a series of four other lessons on the rule of law, the US Constitution, and the federal judiciary.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the interactive quiz as a self-check after a presentation of the debate over the ratification of the US Constitution
  • Supplement classroom instruction with this webpage as an outside reading assignment either as pre-lesson reading or post-lesson review
Classroom Considerations

  • The webpage is part of a series of five lessons on the role of the Federal Courts; teachers may use the lesson separately or in combination with other pages
  • The reading level is more suitable for high school age than lower levels without guidance from the teacher
Pros

  • The highlighted key terms link to a glossary of definitions
  • Provides an effective and concise summary of the ratification debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists 
Cons

  • The font size is small and navigation can be confusing