Politics 201 Book Notes

Politics 201 Book Notes - Politics 201 Book Notes Chapter 1...

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Politics 201 Book Notes Chapter 1 Constitutionalism - belief in limiting governmental power by a written charter - the major difference between American and British constitutionalism is that the British can amend their constitution through an act of Parliament - the Americans have to go through an elaborate procedure that includes and the states and not just Congress alone - it provides clues to the political ideas that are important to a nation Constitutions - outline organizations of government - answer key questions about the design of a government - they grant power - limit power - principle of American Constitution: rulers are bound by the ruled to the terms of the Constitution - serve as a symbol of the nation Second Continental Congress - Richard Henry Lee (June 7 th , 1776) said that the colonies have a right to be free - Jefferson drafted up a declaration - 12 states, without New York, sign it on July 2 - all 13 approve by July 4 th Declaration of Independence - itemized and publicized the colonist’ grievances against British rule
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