POLS 6395 AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT
Fall Semester AY2004-2005
30 November 2004
Instructions: Choose any 3 of the following 5 Questions to answer. Each answer
must be typed in WORD and be less than five double-spaced pages. The answers
are due by 5PM on Wednesday 8 December 2004.
Explain the argument that Madison makes to support his opening sentence in
Among the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed Union,
none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to
break and control the violence of faction.
What view of political parties is embodied in Federalist #10? What weaknesses
do you see in Madison's argument?
Why was the Missouri Compromise of 1820 a "bad deal" for the South. Why do you
suppose they agreed to it?
What were the main findings of Fogel and Engerman's Time on the
Cross (updated in Fogel's Without Consent or Contract)? Why
do you suppose so many people were (and are) disturbed by their findings?
What role did disease play in the spread of slavery in the United States
and how did disease affect the South after the Civil War?
What is unusual about the economics of railroads and why did these unusual
economic characteristics of the railroad business lead to government regulation?