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9.5: Critical Thinking Exercises

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    • How did the state constitutions show the promise and the limits of American revolutionary thought?
    • During the ratification period, supporters of the Constitution referred to themselves as “Federalists,” even though they supported a government that could be called national due to its structure and the central government’s amount of accrued power. Why did they choose this name? What did they hope to achieve among the American populace? And why was Antifederalists, the name taken by the opponents of the Constitution, an unfortunate choice?
    • In what ways did the “necessary and proper clause” and the TenthAmendment create the basis for conflict between the states and the national government?
    • Why is the Tenth Amendment a natural inclusion in a statement of rights that belong to U.S. citizens?
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