Findings and Reflections from Explorers of Modern World History

Herding Cats

June 12, 2013
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This project focused on the discussions at the Constitutional Convention. Within the debates, compromise had to made which was often reached after multiple drafts with changes from the opposing sides. These issues included some such as taxation and slavery, as the topics of our video. We can infer that the founding of our government has […]

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Age of Exploration Final Project Reflection: Collaboration in Large-Scale Projects

June 12, 2013
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Besides the fact that coming to a final verdict in the convention was an immense task, which I now by the way respect much more after doing this project and cooperating with 15 other students, and disputing out project plan, The constitutional convention was one of the biggest government-forming events of all time. The members […]

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Age of Ex Final Refleection

June 12, 2013
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I learned that it was each individual state’s wants rather than a region’s (North vs. South) wants that determined how the country was shaped. And, if the view of one state conflicted with those of another, each would come to terms. Then, the other states would band together behind one or the other, creating a […]

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Including all voices

June 12, 2013
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The Constitutional Convention was a momentous event in the history of the world.  I don’t think democracy on such a large scale had ever been tried before.  Some people doubted that a huge democracy could work.  However, expanding democracy to incorporate many people with different interests actually worked better than small state governments.  In Madison’s […]

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Secret Cabals leading everything

June 12, 2013
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Q: What did you learn about the Constitutional Convention? Of course you learned it was about compromise, but please go a little deeper. What were the overarching issues that required compromise? How were those compromises achieved? What does that tell us about the founding of our government and about the nature of our democracy? The […]

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Final Post

June 11, 2013
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Reflection   Dear Fellow Bloggers, I learned a lot about the Constitutional Convention. I felt like I could have read about it all day and still never realized how hard it was to actually come to a conclusion, but during this all class project I learned more than I ever could reading through text books. […]

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Final project reflection

June 11, 2013
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I learned that the political climate at the time was very volatile. Practically every state had their own views on how a government should be created, and not many of them wanted to back off of their position and actually come up with something that would unite all of them. Several debates ensued about slaves […]

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Leadership and Coordination

June 11, 2013
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The Constitutional Convention was a bunch of individuals with different views coming together trying to cooperate. The biggest problem and strength, simultaneously, was the diversity present in the convention. Because of the different viewpoints, there was a very frustrating, elongated process, but also the different viewpoints make the constitution is a versatile, strong, widely accepted […]

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Final Blog Post on Constitutional Convention Project

June 11, 2013
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Dear fellow bloggers, It is a sad day to report that this will be the last blog post for quite a while. Summer vacation starts next week, and I will be taking a break from school and this blog. Here is my reflection on the project we just finished.      Throughout the project I […]

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June 11, 2013
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I already had a pretty good understanding of what happened at the constitutional convention before this, since I am so interested in US politics and history, thought there were definitely a few points that I had missed before. I had never seen James Madison’s notes on the proceedings, and these revealed much more of the […]

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The Power of Compromise

June 11, 2013
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I mostly learned about slavery, given that that was what our topic. I learned about how the split between the North and the South could stall the compromise significantly and that even small topics could become big issues. It seemed to me that the overarching issues included slavery as well as taxation and representation. These […]

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Learning Through Experience

June 11, 2013
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I learned that the Constitutional Convention was a meeting of about fifty people who tried to decided how a country should run. The biggest issues were the contrasting moral beliefs as well as the political views over what was fair and just as well as what allowed for a sustainable government. They also had to […]

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Age of Ex: A Life Changer

June 11, 2013
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  The Constitutional Convention was centered around the fact that the colonies were misled by the British.  The Convention was an effort to learn from the mistakes of others, to ensure that revolutions do not occur (at least in a large scale) like was necessary to break away from England.  When America was possessed by […]

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Age of Ex Final Group Project Reflection

June 11, 2013
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Q: What did you learn about the Constitutional Convention? Of course you learned it was about compromise, but please go a little deeper. What were the overarching issues that required compromise? How were those compromises achieved? What does that tell us about the founding of our government and about the nature of our democracy? Going […]

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Final Reflection_Negatives and Positives of Group Work

June 11, 2013
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Gabe Perry-Freer  I felt like I learned a lot about the constitutional convention. Before starting this project I knew some about the Revolutionary War but very little about the convention itself. I learned about what topics were talked about and how crucial their decisions were. Also I did not fully understand how hard it must […]

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Final Reflection – Working in a Large Group

June 11, 2013
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I learned from this project how much small details, such as slavery, really impeded the process of forming the government. There was a lot of debate, and a lot of stubbornness, but eventually through this exchange of ideas, they came to rules that both sides could stand behind. Collaboration was extremely difficult in a group […]

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Compromising on The Lives of Others

June 11, 2013
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During this project I learned a lot about slavery and how they went about abolishing it. There was a lot of time spent debating and talking about what is the best solution. I think it’s really interesting how the people at the constitutional convention were able to talk about such a serious issue, such as […]

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Final Reflection_Group Work Challenges and Successes

June 11, 2013
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This project helped me learn a lot about the Constitutional Convention. I not only had to do research on the convention itself but also act it out. I was able to find out a little bit about the whole process and different people’s takes on the situation. People from different places had different views on […]

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The Challenges of Group Work

June 11, 2013
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The Constitutional Convention was a lot like our group process of decision making. There were a lot of strong voices who had firm ideas and weren’t afraid to voice their opinions. Everyone said their piece and then it had to be debated before they settled on a compromise. A lot of the compromises made were […]

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