Once the Constitutional Convention concluded, there was still a huge hurdle for the document to become a reality – Ratification, or the process of approving the Constitution. As you will find out, it will take 9 out of 13 states to approve the Constitution before it becomes the law of the land, and that won’t be an easy task.
In our next class, you will represent a Federalist (supporter) or Antifederalist (opponent) of the Constitution. How do you prepare? Carefully read your handout on “The Ratification Conflict” and then spend 20 minutes (SET A TIMER) looking at the various Ratification Conflict links below. You should be searching for arguments for your side and filling in that column in your notes Of course, you can start to fill in the other side if you want.
- Carol Berkin: Federalists vs. Antifederalists
- Federalist and Antifederalist positions
- Play the Federalist or Antifederalist? Game
- If you are superduper interested (and have superduper amounts of time), you can check our “What would a Federalist say?” and “What would an Antifederalist say?” (we will use these in class as well)
- Federalists and Antifederalists from USHistory.org
- Federalists vs Anti-Federalists in Five Minutes from the caffeinated Hip Hughes
- Constitution of the United States – Federalists Versus Antifederalists
- WISH YOU WERE THERE AT THE RATIFICATION CONVENTIONS? Check it out …
How will you show your understanding of the creation of the Constitution? Any way you want … as long as you hit the targets!