The following questions need to be answered in a paragraph format with a complete answer to the question. There is no length minimum or requirement however the more information you have, the more you are showing you learned. Format with Times New Roman 12 Font, Double Spaced, MLA format to turn in next class.
1. John Bingham, the author of the Fourteenth Amendment, argued, “Is it not essential to the unity of the Government and the unity of the people that all persons, whether citizens or strangers, within this land, shall have equal protection in every State in this Union in the rights of life and liberty and property?”* Why was Bingham’s statement controversial in 1866? Is it still controversial today? Why or why not?
2. Political and social movements in American history have been successful because of the right of assembly. President Abraham Lincoln wrote in a letter that “the right of peaceable assembly” is part of the “Constitutional substitute for revolution.”* Do you agree or disagree with President Lincoln? Why? What is the history of freedom of assembly in America? How can you apply this to modern day protests? What are some examples?
3. “Compared with the political systems of the other advanced democratic countries, ours is among the most opaque, complex, confusing, and difficult to understand.”* Do you agree or disagree with this statement by Robert Dahl? Why? What institutional arrangements established by the Constitution, if any, make our political system difficult to understand?
4. Do you think an amendment needs to be added to the Constitution? Why or Why not? Do you believe the Constitution is still need? Why or why not? What do you believe are some pros and cons with the Constitution? Why is it important for Americans to understand the structure of the government in which they live (the essential question)?