Do We Need a President?

Too Much Emphasis on the President?

Below is a video called “America From Scratch” from PBS Studios. Each clip looks at how we might redo the American form of government from the bottom up. Watch the short clip then answer the questions that follow:


Discussion Questions:

1. What does the relative lengths of Article I and Article II of the Constitution tell you about the framers’ intent for the presidency?

2. Why do you think Americans spend so much of their energy thinking about who is president?

4. At the Constitutional Convention, a multi-person executive was considered and ultimately defeated. What do you think are the pros and cons of a multi-person executive?


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