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Lecture 3: The American republic and Constitution
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Origins of Republicanism in the US Republicanism = Idea that the people (through their representatives) can rule themselves
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I. Models from Antiquity The rise of Greek city-states (800-500 BC) - Athens--small, turbulent, and “democratic” The Roman Republic - creation of the “Senate”--indirectly representative govt. - large, powerful, lasted 100s of years - as American ideal--politics, art, architecture, legend
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Washington in a toga
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II. Experience of Self-rule A history of administering their own affairs for almost 150 years Virginia House of Burgesses
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Creation of a Republican national govt An “experiment” in republican govt--many expected to fail Americans’ sense of state identity, and fear of centralization First try: The Articles of Confederation (drafted in 1777)
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Article I. The Stile of this Confederacy shall be "The United States of America." Article II. Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence. . .
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