Were the Founding Fathers Democratic Reformers? Essay

1128 Words Nov 19th, 2012 5 Pages
Carly Ishee
Dr. Anderson
US History 143
26 October 2012
Were the Founding Fathers Democratic Reformers? In Issue Seven in the book Taking Sides, John P. Roche and Howard Zinn provide their views about whether or not the founding Fathers were democratic reformers. Between these two arguments, the no case that Howard Zinn represents is more convincing because it provides more evidence. John P. Roche contends that the founding Fathers were absolutely and fully democratic reformers and that they created a Constitution in order to benefit to the nation but at the same time was considered tolerable by the people. Howard Zinn gives more accompanying evidence as to why the founding Fathers were not democratic reformers but rather, a select
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Four groups, Beard noted, were not represented in the Constitutional Convention: slaves, indentured servants, women, men without property. And so the Constitution did not reflect the interests of those groups.[2]

Through their restructuring of the Constitution, they were trying to keep their power and their privileges and they had to try to repress the rebellion because they didn’t want to lose their power. So when Shays’s rebellion took place, a rebellion that ended in doubters believing that reform was necessary, the founding Fathers decided that they wanted to create a senate that would make decisions for the people because the people were too indecisive and inconsistent to make their own decisions. This rebellion was when the Western Farmers decided that they wouldn’t pay taxes. They armed themselves and rallied outside the courthouses. Though they stopped many from

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