More than 200 years after the U.S. Constitution was ratified, the compromises that were necessary for ratification—which in some instances led to ambiguity—continue to fuel debate and discussion over how best to protect liberty, equality, order, and private property. This first unit sets the foundation for the course by examining how the framers of the Constitution set up a structure of government intended to stand the test of time. Compromises were made during the Constitutional Convention and ratification debates, and these compromises focused on the proper balance between individual freedom, social order, and equality of opportunity. In subsequent units, you will apply your understanding of the Constitution to the institutions of government and people’s daily lives.
- Why are there debates about the balance of power between the federal and state governments?
- Is the Bill of Rights necessary? Why or why not?
- How does the Constitution affect you and the choices you make?