Search the Internet for scholarly articles on the debate surrounding the composition and ratification of the Constitution. These can be primary or secondary sources but should come from academic sources. Recommended sites include: state constitutions drafted after the American Revolution; correspondence from significant colonial figures (e.g., John Dickinson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and others); the Virginia and/or New Jersey Plan; the Federalist Papers, and so on. These entries will provide a valuable resource for your first historical essay.
WEBLIOGRAPHY GRADING GUIDELINES
Write a 4-6 sentence description of a URL on the specified topic. Submit it to the appropriate drop box AND post it to the Webliography in the course.
Your Webliography assignments should include an introduction to the site and a description, and/or evaluation, of it. Be specific. The key is that someone should be able to read your entry and know whether this site is what they might be relevant to their research. See the examples below for good descriptions.
Do not duplicate entries. It might be to your advantage to post early. Otherwise one of your classmates may beat you to the wonderful site you’ve discovered
How to Post
When you go to the Webliography tab and click on it, you’ll see “add new entry,” on the left, just above the heading. When you click on it, you’ll go to a page that will have fields for you to fill in. It will include the title of the site, the category, the URL, the description, the site author, and the date it was last modified.
Pennsylvania State Constitution of 1776. (2008)
The Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 (ratified September 28, 1776) has been described as the most democratic in America and was drafted by Robert Whitehill, Timothy Matlack, Dr. Thomas Young, George Bryan, James Cannon, and Benjamin Franklin. The Constitution provides for a unicameral legislature, a Supreme Executive Council, a President elected by an Assembly and Council together, and a Council of Censors. The constitution was later copied by revolutionaries of Vermont as a basis for their constitution. This site is useful as it gives us an insight into the debate over constitutional government that would culminate in 1787.
- The entry is from an academic or literary source.
- You have included a helpful description of at least 4-6 sentences that tells us what we’ll find on the site.
- Your description is grammatically and mechanically correct.
- The URL is correct.
- You have not duplicated an entry.
- The URL is NOT from Wikipedia or other wiki or social media sites