An Examination of United
States Fundamental Law
Outside Independence Hall
when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia
asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a
monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic,
if you can keep it."
Welcome to the Constitutional Literacy
curriculum modules, courtesy of BasicsProject.org. The curriculum is broken
into sections, The Declaration of Independence; Articles of Confederation;
Constitutional Convention; The Ratification Debate; US Constitution; Bill of Rights; and Amendments
to the US Constitution. In addition to these initial modules, there are
plans to develop modules on Economic Literacy and Our British Origins.
You Have Navigated to The Constitutional Convention Curriculum
Prior to beginning this module, you should keep in mind the differences
between a national government and a federal government. The US Constitution
is a compromise between these two. For more on the differences, click and
Federalism vs Nationalism.
What the Framers created during the convention was a Republic, not a
Democracy. Many of our citizens and elected officials are clearly ignorant
to the differences between the two. The lack of understanding may undermine
the survival of this nation as we know it. For more, read:
Save our Constitutional Republic.
Some of the reasoning behind the delegates’ decision making can be found in
the notes taken by James Madison during the convention. The four state plans
which were considered during the convention can also provide insight.
Finally, better understanding the background and beliefs of the delegates in
attendance can help to determine the original intent of the Framers. For
How to Read the Convention.
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Part 1: An Examination of United States