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History 2010 - Toye (TNeCampus): Written Assignment 2

The Assignment

Written Assignment 2

Alexander Hamilton and John Marshall were both leading Federalists. How do the views expressed by Marshall in the Supreme Court decision Marbury v. Madison (6.5 Political Lens in textbook) and those expressed by Hamilton in his opinion regarding the constitutionality of the national bank (6.5 Economic Lens in textbook) reflect the outlook and vision of the Federalist Party? Why was it especially important to the Federalists to uphold and honor the United States Constitution?

For the full version of Hamilton's opinion regarding the constitutionality of the national bank see here. For Jefferson's opposing view, see here.



  • For each written assignment students will answer essay questions based on certain assigned readings.
  • Each assignment must be a minimum of 500 words in length.
  • These essays will be evaluated according to the same criteria as essays in exams. In addition one-half point will be deducted from the total score of each assignment for every egregious error in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Students must forward their assignments by using the course dropbox. Students must upload their papers into the dropbox by the due date.The instructor will not accept late papers unless the student can show good cause (as determined by the instructor) for missing the due date. Students who miss such a deadline must contact the instructor before or at the time of the due date to explain the cause of the delay.

Alexander Hamilton and the National Bank

Marshall and Marbury v. Madison

Federalist Party