chpt 1- - CHAPTER ONE 1. How did Justice William Patterson...

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CHAPTER ONE 1. How did Justice William Patterson define a Constitution in the early days of our country? Justice William Patterson defined a Constitution as the form of government, defined by the mighty hand of the people, in which certain first principles of fundamental laws are established. 2. What evidence does your text cite to support its assertion that constitutionalism has long been important in American politics? The text cites a part of the Preamble of The United States Constitution to support its assertion that constitutionalism has been important in American politics. 3. What is the major difference between the American and British constitutions? The major difference between the American and British constitution is that the British can be changed by an act of Parliament. The American Constitution can be formally altered only by an elaborate amendment procedure that includes the states, and not by Congress alone. 4. Explain the 4 constitutional functions cited in your text. 1. A constitution outlines the organization of government. It answers key questions about the design of a government. 2. A constitution grants power. Governments exist to do things, and under the idea of constitutionalism, governments need authority to act. 3. A constitution can also be a mainstay of rights. Constitutions commonly include a bill of rights or a declaration of personal freedoms that lists some of the things that governments may not do and proclaims certain liberties to be so valued that a society enshrines them in fundamental law. 4. A constitution may serve as a symbol of the nation, a repository of political values. When this happens, a constitution becomes more that the sum of its parts. 5. In the years leading up to the American Revolution, what was the nature of the conflict between British leaders in London and the attitude prevalent in the colonies. At least 13 years before the revolution, British leaders in London attempted to
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bring the American colonies under more direct control. They wanted the colonials to pay a larger share of defense expenses. This policy ran head-on into colonial self-interest, revolutionary ideas, and a feeling of a new identity - an American identity as opposed to a purely British one. Politics and reasoned debate within the British Empire soon gave way to armed revolt against it. 6. What did Richard Henry Lee’s motion during a meeting of the Second Continental Congress call for? Richard Henry Lee’s motion called for a declaration embodying the spirit of Lee’s resolution and largely reflecting Thomas Jefferson’s handiwork that soon emerged from committee. Twelve states (New York abstaining) accepted it on July 2, with approval by all 13 coming on July 4. 7.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2009 for the course PSC 201 taught by Professor Chipbrown during the Spring '09 term at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

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