Monthly Archives: August 2012

George Washington T-chart

Please create a T-chart in your notes on the presidency of George Washington.  You must evaluate his office and include at least 8 different events.  You can have more if needed.  On one side, have the positives and the other side needs to have your negatives.  You will have only 10 minutes on Tuesday to finish.


Friday Bellwork

Friday- Source U:  “in the counties of Washington and Allegany, in Pennsylvania, laws of the United States are opposed and the execution thereof obstructed by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings or by the powers vested in the marshal of that district”….I. George Washington, President of the United States, do hereby command all persons, being insurgents, as aforesaid, and all others whom it may concern, on or before the 1st day of September next to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes. And I do moreover warn all persons whomsoever against aiding, abetting, or comforting the perpetrators of the aforesaid treasonable acts.

-George Washington, Whiskey Rebellion Proclamation

Claypoole’s Daily Advertiser, August 11, 1794

Source V:  Gentlemen,

Fresh occurrences, but communicated through private channels, make it indispensable that the general principles, which have already been the subject of discussion, should be fixed and made known for the government of all concerned as soon as they can be with propriety…. induce me to ask your advice whether it be proper—or not—to convene the Legislature at an earlier period than that at which it is to meet by Law?—And if it be thought advisable, at what time?


-George Washington, Letter to Cabinet Aug 3, 1793


The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651–1827. Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.


  1. Using Sources U & V and your knowledge, how does Washington expand the power of the presidency?  Explain.  Is it justifiable?  What did you learn about Washington’s beliefs from these sources?

Extra Credit

Watch the Romney acceptance speech on Thursday at 7pm.  It will be on various news organizations.  Afterwards, summarize the speech itself and reflect on what it means to you and your community.  Reactions are key.  This must be 1 to 1.5 pages in length.  It will be due Wednesday Sept 5th.

Bell work for Thursday

Thursday- Source S: Let me now…warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party… It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeebles the public administration.  It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one party against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection.  It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption…A fire not to be quenched, it demands uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

-George Washington,  Farewell Address  September 17, 1796

The Quotable Founding Fathers by Melton Buckner Jr.



Source T: I believe their existence to be salutary inasmuch as they act as Censors on each other, and keep the principles & practices of each constantly at the bar of public opinion. It is only when they give to party principles a predominance over the love of country, when they degenerate into personal antipathies, and affect the intercourse of society and friendship, or the justice due to honest opinion, that they become vicious and baneful to the general happiness and good. We have seen such days. May we hope never to see such again!

-Thomas Jefferson, Letter 1822

Gilder Lehrman Document Number:  GLC 639.14

  1. Compare Sources S & T.  What are the feelings about political parties?  What are some reasons to be for political parties?  What are some reasons to be against political parties?  Which source do you most agree with?  Why?


Bill of Rights Poster

Need to have a right assigned from this website:

Create a poster similar to the Word of the Week.

The four squares will be the following:

  1. Definition of your Right
  2. Modern meaning
  3. Issues in Today’s society
  4. Illustration

Bellwork for Wed Aug 29

Source Q: This Constitution is said to have beautiful features; but when I come to examine these features, sir, they appear to me horribly frightful.  Among other deformities, it has an awful squinting; it squints toward monarchy; and does not this raise indignation in the breast of every true American?  Your President may easily become king.  Your Senate is so imperfectly constructed that your dearest rights may be sacrificed by what may be a small minority; and a very small minority may continue forever unchangeably this government, although horridly defective.

-Patrick Henry’s Antifederalist Speech


Source R: Some say the lack of a Bill of Rights in the Constitution is a weakness.  But, it is not necessary.  The Constitution lists the powers of the federal government, which means it does not have the power to do anything not on that list…Those who oppose specific parts or think a Bill of Rights should be added should still support the Constitution.  After it is ratified, they can offer amendments to fix what they consider weaknesses.

-Publius, Ratify the New Constitution

  1. Using Sources Q & R, which is the most reliable?  Which source offers the most convincing argument?  Explain.

Constitution Scavenger Hunt due Wed

Constitution Itself:

Article 1: Legislature/Congress

Article 2: President/Executive

Article 3: Judicial/Courts

Article 4: Relations Among States

Article 5: Amendment Process

Article 6: National debts, supremacy of national law, oath of office

Article 7: Ratification of the Constitution

27 Amendments