Constitutional Issues

Constitutional Questions: Whose Right Is It?

The following essays deal with questions faced by our AP US History Class as they examined the development of the United States federal constitution. Please review the essays below and send us your thoughts. The following elements are open for consideration:

  1. How well did the students present their position?
  2. Did they support their thesis with ample court decisions and secondary sources?
  3. Were the arguments logical? Any anachronisms or flawed thinking?
  4. Is there any information or historical background that you can add to their ideas?
  5. Any other thoughts you can add to help the students become more aware of Constitutional law, history and thinking.
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George Cassutto
AP US History

The following links may be of interest to those concerned with constitutional rights:

  • The American Civil Liberties Union
  • A US Historical Documents Archive

    Other links will be posted as they become known. Feel free to send in suggestions!

    Click on the student essay topic that interests you:

  • Is it constitutional for the government to use checkpoints and searches to locate drunk drivers?

  • Is capital punishment a violation of the Eighth Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment?

  • Questioning the constitutionality of celebrating religious holidays at public expense.

  • Should a "moment of silence" be legal in public schools?

  • Is the fetus a citizen and therefore protected by the Fourteenth Amendment?

  • Abortion: The Right To Choose

  • Should women be able to hold combat positions?

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