State Senator Fred Akshar came to speak to the class about how he got involved with politics and we asked him questions about small businesses, minimum wage, and gun control.
We learned about the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. The Federalists wanted to correct the Articles of Confederation with a Constitution, but the Anti-Feds saw this action as taking power away from the states. They ended up compromising on a Constitution with a Bill of Rights.
We researched the Federalist Papers, written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. We looked further into Federalist 10, which discusses the potential problem of factions, and Federalist 51, which discussed separation of powers.
We had a full class discussion on the death penalty and its moral and legal implications. We prepared many resources to contribute to the discussion. We debated if using the death penalty would be a violation to the 8th amendment (cruel and unusual punishment), what type of crimes should be punishable by death, and what method of execution would be the best.
We used the research done on Wednesday to discuss the Federalist Papers in more depth.