Day 3 – The Design of Congress
June 28, 2013
In the News
 Senate passes historic immigration bill.
 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3036789/#52338497
Readings
 Article I of the U.S. Constitution
 Federalist No. 51
 DOL Chapter 2 (pp.15-28)
Early National Government in America
 Rise of state governments and assemblies as early
as 1619.
 Why did Britain grant ...
Early National Government in America (2)
 The late-1760s – mid-1770s characterized as period of
increasing tensions betwe...
Constitutional Convention
 Clip from John Adams
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcWaCsvpikQ
The Federalist Papers (1787-1788)
 Written and published in three New York
newspapers: the Independent Journal, the New-Y...
The Call for a Strong Legislature
 “Although the three branches supposedly are
coequal, the legislature is empowered to d...
Announcements
 In Class Response Essay #1 on Monday
 Look over the Legislative Portfolio assignment.
 Decide if you wan...
In Class Response Essay
 In roughly one handwritten page, answer the following
question. You can use your notes to answer...
Source: http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legislatures/full-and-part-time-legislatures.aspx
Day 3 - The Design of Congress
Day 3 - The Design of Congress
Day 3 - The Design of Congress
Day 3 - The Design of Congress
Day 3 - The Design of Congress
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  • “But surely the constitution, as it did with the ones we wrote for our own states, is meant to establish the stability, and long-term legality essential to the continuation of civilized society.”“What is government, ultimately, but the putting into effect of the lessons which we have learned in dealing with the contradictions in our own characters?”
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    1. 1. Day 3 – The Design of Congress June 28, 2013
    2. 2. In the News  Senate passes historic immigration bill.  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3036789/#52338497
    3. 3. Readings  Article I of the U.S. Constitution  Federalist No. 51  DOL Chapter 2 (pp.15-28)
    4. 4. Early National Government in America  Rise of state governments and assemblies as early as 1619.  Why did Britain grant the colonies so much discretion in local government?  This relationship became more contentious in the 1760s.  In 1765, delegates from 9 colonies meet in New York City in reaction to the Stamp Act.  Concerns over high taxes levied by the British without the same rights and representation.  Declaration of Rights and Grievances, mainly written by John Dickinson.
    5. 5. Early National Government in America (2)  The late-1760s – mid-1770s characterized as period of increasing tensions between America and Britain.  Intolerable Acts  1774 – First Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia.  Delegates from 12 colonies make debate and create resolutions.  56 delegates, each state gets 1 vote  1775 – Second Continental Congress convenes  Petition for “happy and permanent reconciliation”  George III’s response:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JTxVHQAp8w  Reconvene and debate and eventually sign the Declaration of Independence.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a36F6vwB-t0  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrvpZxMfKaU
    6. 6. Constitutional Convention  Clip from John Adams  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcWaCsvpikQ
    7. 7. The Federalist Papers (1787-1788)  Written and published in three New York newspapers: the Independent Journal, the New-York Packet, and the Daily Advertiser.  Authors: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay under the pseudonym “Publius”.  A response to Anti-Federalists  An argument to the states deciding on ratification of the Constitution  Federalist #51 – James Madison
    8. 8. The Call for a Strong Legislature  “Although the three branches supposedly are coequal, the legislature is empowered to define the structure and duties of the other two.”  Examples of Congress’ authority over the Executive Branch? Judicial Branch?  Congress’s powers greatly enlarged by the Civil War amendments (13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments)
    9. 9. Announcements  In Class Response Essay #1 on Monday  Look over the Legislative Portfolio assignment.  Decide if you want to work alone or with somebody.  Decide which states you would be interested in.  I will pass around a sign-up sheet both for preferred state and meeting times next week.
    10. 10. In Class Response Essay  In roughly one handwritten page, answer the following question. You can use your notes to answer the question.  Both the text (DOL pp.28-40) and Polsby (1968) discuss the increasing “institutionalization” of Congress. Many argue that institutionalization is bad for the country and is the reason why Congress is ineffective. This has led to a number citizens and groups to advocate imposing term- limits on members of Congress (e.g. establishing a maximum number of terms they can serve). Would you support a constitutional amendment that imposed term- limits on members of the House of Representatives? Why yes or no? Use the course material to support your argument. 
    11. 11. Source: http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legislatures/full-and-part-time-legislatures.aspx
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