12/12/13 Studying the Federalist Papers

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 Last week the classes taught by Eastern Alamance U.S. History teacher Patrick Stokes studied the Mebane Enterprise newspaper article: “Federalist Papers A New Discovery in Mebane.” Here one of the classes poses with their teacher for their hometown newspaper.

Karen Carter/Mebane Enterprise

Last week the classes taught by Eastern Alamance U.S. History teacher Patrick Stokes studied the Mebane Enterprise newspaper article: “Federalist Papers A New Discovery in Mebane.” Here one of the classes poses with their teacher for their hometown newspaper.

Studying the Federalist Papers
The Mebane Enterprise 12/12/13  
Reprinted with permission.

The students in the U.S. History classes of Patrick Stokes at Eastern Alamance High School read and discussed the newspaper article on the discovery of the Federalist Papers in Mebane published in the Dec. 4, 2013 edition of the Mebane Enterprise and express their thoughts.

Davari Moore:
I think it is really cool and amazing that the Federalist papers are here in Mebane.
Mebane isn’t really known for many things and having the papers here is a really big thing. The significance of the papers itself are really important. They have helped our great nation become what it is today.

Crystal Brown:
In my opinion, it’s an honor having these papers here in Mebane. It’s an honor because we have a major piece of history in this small town. Without these papers we more than likely wouldn’t have all the freedoms that we have today. Mebane is a very small town and to have something this major is a very big deal and huge honor.

Lucas Lobaugh:
I think it’s cool that these Federalists papers are in Mebane, I mean out of 50 in the entire world, with the rest being in major cities and museums, one is in the small town of Mebane, NC. It’s definitely a special privilege for us to have such papers in our town. There was 85 letters written in the Federalist papers; they were written in favor for the new constitution and as Coach Stokes said a very important framework to the United States of America.

Erica Shoe:
The Federalists papers being in Mebane is shocking. It’s very shocking because there were 500 copies made with only 50 copies left and 1 of the 50 is in Mebane. These papers are the third most significant American documents. I think that it is amazing these papers are in Mebane and are being auctioned off here.

Hunter Hardin:
I think that it’s interesting that these papers being in Mebane is a part of our local history. The papers attract people to our town, thus bringing money into Mebane. This is significant because the papers tell us why the constitution actually works. It is significant that one of these papers, you could say that are the foundation of the constitution, is right here in Mebane.

Jazmine Harris:
The papers being in Mebane is good for our local history. It is also an example of community growth because it shows that our town must be a good place to be, and auction. Papers in Mebane may also bring tourists, or people from other places to come here. The significance of the papers in general is that it gives our people a source of credit in making a decision about our country and major part of how it functions, which in turns effects our country as a whole. The paper also explains why the U.S. constitution works, and why we need it.

Patrick R. Stokes
US History/Football
Eastern Alamance HS

Thanks to this year’s sponsors of NIE. Supporting the students at Eastern Alamance High School for 2014 in Patrick Stokes’ classes are the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1920 and the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 1920.