1_20_11 - 1/20/11 I. How did we end up here? a. How did we...

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1/20/11 I. How did we end up here? a. How did we end up with the government that we have today in the USA? i. Democracy comes from Ancient Greece. 1. Greek Democracy in Athens a. Only male citizens could participate in gov’t 2. Many government buildings echo Greek architecture 3. Roman Republic a. Senate comes from Rome b. US Senate in D.C. and State Senate in GA c. Julius Caesar first roman empire ii. So what happened? iii. Fragmentation of Authority (Rome’s border’s collapse) 1. As Rome was unable to defend the borders, centralized authority declined. 2. People turn to local Lords who could protect them. a. Peasants owned lands had to share crops with Lord i. Or work on Lord’s land for the provided security iv. Rise of Nation States 1. England, France, Portugal 2. King who is now over Lords a. King Lord Peasent b. Where to begin? Our modern institutions flow from previous experiments in self rule. c. English Political Tradition i. Why are we talking about England in a class about modern American Gov’t? d. How the Vanity of Kings Led to self Government e. Each US bomber cost a billion a piece f. King John 1215 i. Tax land owners (Lord’s) to pay for armor of army ii. Magna Carta 1215 (all written in Latin means Great Constitution ) 1. Beginning of limited government in the english tradition
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