THE ORIGINS OF A NEW NATION - T HE ORIGINS OF A NEW NATION...

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THE ORIGINS OF A NEW NATION American Poly-Sci COLONISTS: - The colonist because they provided eco beneficent… then they were looked upon as somewhat valuable o Britain then protected them o But they also raised taxes Sugar act Tea act Homestead act - Colonist were angry, kind of like - Political Theory and Practices of the Revolutionary Era o Conflicts in the new nation Traditional rights of life, liberty and property seemed to be threatened by British policies on trade and taxation Concern for liberty Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator…” The declaration is important because it had a new concept: Government o That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. New thoughts: Liberty- is the preservation of traditional rights against the intrusions of government. - Religious freedom: very rare at the time and something that was stressed Political equality- refers to decisions making where each person carries the same weight. Popular sovereignty- assumes that ultimate political authority belongs to the people. - The people is defined as people that held property Given that these were wanted, and Britain inhibited them, than the Colonists rebelled. Basic Constitutional Rights - Define the fundamental nature of relationships between gov institutions and the people - Apportion power and responsibility among gov branches
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- Specify how individuals are to be selected for office - Tell how the rules themselves may be changed over time.
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