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Unformatted text preview: Political legal foundation. 17 th Century British traditions-rights of property holders-obligations established by contracts-decentered nationhood: state and local governments have some autonomy. States rights. 18 th century French social philosophy-Equality, justice, individual rights-checks &balances -3 branches of government: legislative, judicial, executive Gunnar Myrdal The American Dilemma How can a nation committed to freedom permit slavery? Nativism anti immigration sentiment 1840s 50s Nativist movement: The Know Nothing Movement Anti-catholic (and Irish), opposed to immigration In Ireland, average worker made 8 cents a day, in America it was 1.25 a day. Upper Class Anglo-Saxonism WASP upper class, drew their wagons in a circle Ancestor societies: DAR (daughters of the American Revolution), private clubs wouldnt allow Jews, boarding schools, Social Register (no Jews allowed), exclusive neighborhoods...
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- Spring '08