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The Founding

The Founding - Introduction to American Politics PO 211...

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Introduction to American Politics PO 211 Professor Andrew Reeves 1 Today What will you learn? Logistics Contact Information Expectations Grading Required Texts The Founding 2 What will I learn? 3 The Basics 4
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Foundations 5 Developments 6 The 2008 Election and beyond... 7 The 2009 / 2010 Election 8
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9 The 2009 / 2010 Election Who will win and how? Temporary replacement: democratic representation? Why is the 60th Senator so important? [filibuster] implications for health care / policy. 10 Logistics 11 Logistics Lectures from 3:30 to 5PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays. Weekly section; start this week Friday. Teaching Fellows: Abram Trosky; Alex Whalen; Alexander Oliver. 12
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Course Web Page from: http://blackboard.bu.edu/ direct: http://blackboard.bu.edu/bin/common/ course.pl?course_id=_1267_1 13 Contact Information Email: [email protected] (preferred) Phone: 617 353 5284 Office Hours: Tuesdays 9 to 10:30AM; Thursdays 1 to 2:30PM; or by appointment. Office Location: PLS-210 (232 Bay State Rd) 14 15 Expectations Go to section. Attendance taken. Complete reading assignments. Regularly check course web page. Read political news; see links on course page. Adhere to all guidelines set forth by Boston University. 16
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17 18 Grading Midterm (35%) and Final (40%) Exams. multiple choice, short answer, essays. In lecture review sessions. Pop quizzes (10%). Between 6 and 10. Section Attendance / activities (15%). 19 Final Exam December 16. 3PM to 5PM. 20
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Course Policies Do not cheat or plagiarize. Exams rescheduled only under extraordinary and documented circumstances. 21 Turn off your cell phones. 22 Required Text American Government: Power and Purpose , tenth edition, WW Norton, 978-0393113839 23 Questions? 24
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The Founding Professor Reeves PO 211 25 Today: The Founding The Road to Independence (pre 1776) The First Founding: Articles of Confederation (1776 to 1787) The Second Founding: The Constitution The Fight for Ratification The Constitution 26 26 The Founding Pre-Revolutionary War to Constitution (approx 1764-1789) Events, people, and principles. Seminal contribution: U.S. Constitution (oldest Federal constitution in existence) 27 27 Politics is conflicting interests Loyalists vs Revolutionary Federalists vs Anti-Federalists Republicans vs Democrats Divisions over region, religion, class, etc. Interests? How do the resolve conflicts? 28 28
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The Road to Independence 29 29 Groups in Colonial America New England Merchants Southern Planters Royalists Shopkeepers, Artisans, and Laborers Small Farmers 30 30 Things Fall Apart French and Indian War to defend colonies. (1754 -- 1763) Debt ! Britain taxes colonies. (Stamp Act, 1765) Colonists: ‘No taxation without representation.’ 31 31 ‘No Taxation without Representation’ Stamp Act (1765): documents must be printed on English / official paper Boston Massacre (1770) British soldiers kill five Radicalization of colonists John Adams defends soldiers 32 32
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Engraving by Paul Revere The Boston Massacre 33 33 John Adams Clip from John Adams , HBO Miniseries Immediately after Boston Massacre Samuel Adams (a radical) scolds his cousin for agreeing to defend the British soldiers.
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