Paper number 2 will require two essays of 5 pages each. Section 1 gives you a choice between two questions. Section 2 has only one mandatory question. Note, the material from David Donald’s book will be place on Blackboard this week.
CPOL 650 U.S. Political Leadership Dr. Henderson
Write essays from both Part I and Part II, due Wednesday April 6th
PART I: Write an essay of 5 pages on ONE of the following:
Note that the second part of both questions is very similar, but the first part of Question one is biographical while the first part of question two focuses more specifically on Marshall’s Court leadership.
1.Discuss and describe the significance of John Marshall’s background and formative years including discussion of his relationship with his father, his education, his service during the Revolutionary War, and his election to Congress. How different was Jefferson’s background from Marshall’s? Why did a rivalry develop between Marshall and Jefferson? Drawing on Smith, chapter 1, Henderson’s essay, and Ellis, pp. 175-176, 189-193, &221-227, how did Jefferson’s philosophy differ from Marshall’s, particularly in Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland?
2. What kind of man was John Marshall? Discuss Marshall’s general appearance, mannerisms, personality, intellect and work habits. Drawing on Smith, chapters 11 & 12, discuss Marshall’s leadership as Chief Justice. Why did a rivalry develop between Marshall and Jefferson? Drawing on Smith, chapter 1, Henderson’s essay, David Mayer’s chapter, and Joseph Ellis, pp. 175-176, 189-193, & 221-227, how did Jefferson’s philosophy regarding constitutional construction and federalism differ from Marshall’s, particularly in Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland?
PART II: Write an essay of 5 pages on the following:
1.Drawing on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, especially chapters 2, 11, 12 & 13, and pp. 396-408, 463-468, 486-495, 506-513, 523-527, 556-566 603-607 633, along with Henderson’s essay “Abraham Lincoln and His Cabinet (on blackboard), discuss in detail Lincoln’s political adeptness in appointing the Cabinet and in utilizing the talent and services of its members. Drawing on Kearns Goodwin and David Donald, pages 267-270, 285-292, and 301-302 (on blackboard), give an account of the Fort Sumter crisis and discuss how Lincoln dealt with it. Give details such as the positions of cabinet members and the arguments on each side. How would you describe Lincoln’s administrative style?
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