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Unit I: Constitutional Underpinnings. The Origins of the Constitution. Nation’s Basic Law Creates political institutions Assigns or divides powers in government Often provides certain guarantees to citizens Includes an unwritten accumulation of traditions and precedents

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Unit i constitutional underpinnings

Unit I: Constitutional Underpinnings

The Origins of the Constitution


The constitution

  • Nation’s Basic Law

    • Creates political institutions

    • Assigns or divides powers in government

    • Often provides certain guarantees to citizens

    • Includes an unwritten accumulation of traditions and precedents

    • Sets the broad rules of the game of politics

The Constitution


Road to revolution

  • The King and Parliament

  • The French and Indian War

  • Taxes

  • 1st Continental Congress

Road to Revolution


Declaring independence

  • Continental Congress

  • Declaration of Independence

Declaring Independence


The english heritage the power of ideas

  • John Locke (writings and philosophy)

  • Natural Law

  • Consent of the Governed

  • Limited Government

  • Purpose of Government

  • Right to Revolt

The English Heritage: The Power of Ideas


Jefferson s handiwork the american creed

  • Parallels between Locke’s and Jefferson’s writings

  • Sanctity of Property

Jefferson’s Handiwork: the American Creed


The conservative revolution

  • Conservative movement to restore rights

The “Conservative” Revolution


The government that failed 1776 1787

  • Articles of Confederation

The Government that Failed (1776-1787)


Changes in the states

  • Increase in democracy for some

  • Political participation

  • Voting privileges

Changes in the States


Economic turmoil

  • Depression

  • Debts

Economic Turmoil


Shay s rebellion

  • Cause

  • Effect

Shay’s Rebellion


The aborted annapolis meeting

  • Discuss problems with the Articles of Confederation

  • Need for broader proposal

The Aborted Annapolis Meeting


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