Highlight and discuss four major grievances that the Colonists expressed in the Declarations and Resolves against the actions of the British government and the extent to which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights addresses these concerns

Highlight and discuss four major grievances that the Colonists expressed in the Declarations and Resolves against the actions of the British government and the extent to which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights addresses these concerns

Revolution and Constitution

Read through the attached documents: Declarations and Resolves of the First Continental Congress and the Constitution of the United States of America.  I don’t expect you to read every part of the Constitution, but you should have a general idea of how it distributes power, etc.

In a short paper indicate four major grievances that the Colonists expressed in the Declarations and Resolves against the actions of the British government and the extent to which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights addresses these concerns (in other words, does the Constitution and the Bill of Right have specific safeguards against the type of abuses that the colonists suffered at the hands of the British?) Your assertions should be supported with BRIEF quotes taken from the primary source documents. Please refer only to the original Constitution and the first ten amendments (the Bill of Rights), not the amendments that followed. Similarly, confine yourself to the specific grievances addressed in the Declarations and Resolves. The purpose of this exercise is to have you analyze the primary source documents, not do research on the internet.

I would suggest that you pursue directed reading — ie, skim through the Declarations and Resolves trying to identify the key issues that the colonists were concerned about, and then see if you can match those grievances to elements of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.