The Constitution of the United States
The Constitution of the United States vested relatively few powers in the national (or federal)
government. In an essay, describe the specific powers vested in the federal government by the
U.S. Constitution and assess why these powers were vested in the federal government. In
order to assess why these powers and not others were vested in the federal government, you
should consider the historical events and the governance of the territory that became the United
States in the period from roughly the 1760s through 1787.
Please write an essay of 4 to 6 pages for the following question. I expect you to write
your essay based on the readings identified below, on class forums, and on lectures and other
video materials presented on the web site. I do not expect you to supplement these sources
with outside research.