Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I've just finished reading the most recently posted blogs about the Federalist and Anti-federalist papers.  (and there was a fire alarm...aaargh!)  Your posts look good overall, but some of you were very confused about what the papers actually said.  I'm hoping that some of the incorrect summaries I saw on your posts were resolved in our class discussion today. 

Some interesting points and/or topics for further discussion that were not mentioned in class, but were mentioned in your blogs are:  1.  the necessary and proper clause - does this affect us today?  in what way(s)? 2.  the idea that the anti-federalist paper was less informative and more inflammatory than the federalist paper - what does this tell you about the authors?  the audiences?  Our class discussions develop organically.  In other words, I don't usually have a set "lecture" or list of things that you "should get" from the readings.  I let your comments direct discussion.  In other words, if you have something you want to discuss...speak up!!! 
: )

See you tomorrow.  Remember that all the readings "go together," or inform each other.   Try to make connections when you can.

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