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POS 101–10: 09/23/2008. Course Status: Website . Due Next Week 9/30: Presentation date/topic selection assignment. Paper assignment 1. Agenda: American economy in perspective - follow-up. We The People , Chap. 1, Chap. 2, Chap. 3.

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POS 101–10: 09/23/2008

  • Course Status:

    • Website.

    • Due Next Week 9/30:

      • Presentation date/topic selection assignment.

      • Paper assignment 1.

    • Agenda:

      • American economy in perspective - follow-up.

      • We The People, Chap. 1, Chap. 2, Chap. 3.

      • Video Clips: Origins American Revolution, Declaration of Independence. – Jefferson as founder. Katrina and Federalism.

    • Discussion Questions:

      • Global governance and the states (p. 87)?

      • Framers pleased by the current balance of power between state and national government (p. 101)?


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Presidential Debates: 1st this Friday Sept. 26th.

  • Commission on Presidential Debates.

  • University of Mississippi Debate website.

    US Economy in Perspective

  • Population.

    • 305 million Fall 2008.

    • US Census Bureau “Population Clock”.

    • US Population Growth to 2050 – 419 million.

  • Size of US Economy GDP/GNP.

    • 13.807 trillion.

    • BEA estimate.

    • Debt 9.007 trillion - Bureau of Public Debt.

  • Major foreign holders of US Treasury bonds.



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  • Liberty, Equality and Democracy major themes at the founding.

  • Five sectors interests in colonial politics

    • New England merchants

    • Southern planters

    • Royalists

    • Shopkeepers, artisans, and laborers

    • Small farmers

    • Colonial elite able to hold more radical forces in check until…

  • Post-1750 British tax and trade policy split the elite.

  • British tax colonies partially for French and Indian wars and continuing protection.

  • Stamp Act effected merchants and planters who broke with Royalists.

  • Resistance to new taxes difficult to end political strife continued.

  • East India Company monopoly 1773-1774.

  • Boston Tea Party and British repression lead to the First Continental Congress.

  • Second Continental Congress – Declaration of Independence.

  • Principles an attempt to unify disparate interests.


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The First Founding founding.Interests and Conflicts

  • British taxes and colonial interests

  • Political strife and the radicalizing of the colonists

    • Video Clip 1: Rebels and Redcoats. BBC/PBS - 2000.

      • Boston Massacre to battle at Lexington.

      • Question: What does clip say about “revolutionary” origins of the American republic?

  • The Declaration of Independence

    • Video Clip 2: Thomas Jefferson. PBS - 1996.

      • Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence.

      • Questions: Boorstin quote: “not stuck in the prison of dogma”, is that true?

      • Jefferson and slavery hypocrisy or pragmatism?


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  • Video Clip 3: Federalism and Katrina. founding.

    • The Storm PBS Frontline.

    • What are examples of conflicts between local, state, and federal agencies?

    • Why was there a lack of coordination between different levels of government?

    • Is the interoperability debate an example of regulated federalism.


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  • Next Week (09/30/2008): founding.

    • Due: Presentation date/topic and Paper Assignment 1 09/30/2008.

    • We The People Chapter 4: Civil Liberties.

      • Critical Analysis Questions p. 121, 125, 141.


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