Contest Ended December 15, 2017
Winners Announced on February 15, 2018

Contest Question:

In If Men Were Angels, No Government Would Be Necessary, law professor Stephen B. Presser argues that, “[f]or the Framers of the Constitution the practice of politics was all about how to distribute power within the government in order to preserve private property, individual rights, and the rule of law which secured both.”


Has the Constitution succeeded in preserving the interests of those outside the majority?  If so how and why?  If not, how and why?  A thoughtful response will include at least one historical example (18th, 19th, 20th centuries) and one contemporary example (21st century.)

To respond, read If Men Were Angels, No Government Would Be Necessary, and watch the 3 minute video linked here.

Successful responses will likely include references to the essay and to the Federalist Papers themselves. Responses will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Content
    • Comprehension of question
    • Responsiveness to question
    • Historical Accuracy
    • Quality of Analysis
    • Reference to contemporary issues
  • Organization
  • Style (spelling, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etc.)