AP U.S. History Diagnostic 7. How can the excerpt's influence be seen in the Articles of Confederation?
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[ further mumbling ] John Locke.
How can the excerpt's influence be seen in the Articles of Confederation?
And here are your potential answers.
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Following the Revolutionary War, the framers
of the Articles of Confederation looked to philosophers
like John Locke for advice on building a better government.
Well, let's see which answer describes how John Locke
played a key role in shaping this storied document.
Can Locke's influence be seen in the Articles of Confederation
A - in the property qualifications required of voters?
Well, actually, the Articles of Confederation stated that
all members of Congress would be appointed by state legislatures,
so there wasn't any need to mention voter qualifications.
Choose again, friends. Were Locke-ian philosophies
reflected in B - the development
of a leveled court system?
Well, nothing is perfect on the first try, especially when it comes to
creating a government from nothing.
That's why the framers ended up throwing out the Articles
and re-writing what would become our Constitution.
One of those big slip-ups was failing to create a judicial branch.
Another was giving each state an equal say in Congress,
regardless of its size. So that knocks out B and C.
Which means that Locke's influence on the Articles of Confederation can be seen
D - in the creation of a decentralized government.
Locke was not a Kings fan, and neither were
the colonists. That's why the Articles
placed such an emphasis on a
decentralized central government.
So D is the right answer.
When the farmers went back to their drawing board,
many continued to advocate a decentralized government
as they shaped what would become the Constitution.
Talk about having a "Locke" on the conversation.
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