We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Lesson 12 Purpose
The relationship between national and state powers, more than any other issue, explains the need for the Constitutional Convention. This relationship was at the core of the first major debate, the one between supporters and opponents of the Virginia Plan. After forging the Great Compromise, the delegates worked out a series of other regulations and compromises that defined what the national and state governments could and could not do. Several of those compromises involved the question of slavery, the most potentially divisive issue among the states.

When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to describe the major powers and limits on the national government, the powers that were specifically left to states, and the prohibitions the Constitution placed on state governments. You also should be able to explain how the Constitution did and did not address the issue of slavery, as well as other questions left unresolved in Philadelphia. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on how limited government in the United States protects individual rights and promotes the common good and on issues involving slavery at the Philadelphia Convention. Audio ]
Lesson 12      How Did the Delegates Distribute Powers between National and State Governments?
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