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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
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.
the first founding interests and conflicts
The First 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.
    • 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):
    • 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.