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Chapter 2: The Founding and the Constitution 2.1 What early democratic theories and organizations guided the American colonists in banding together into their first governments? The government of some American colonies, following the idea of social contract theory, were based on the idea of a compact—an agreement legally binding two or more parties to enforceable rules. Other colonies evolved from royal grans of land that gave governing
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Unformatted text preview: rights to a lord or baron, who became the colony’s proprietor. • Frequent conflicts between the governors and the colonial legislatures made the colonists highly suspicious of executive power. The colonists were also influenced by the ideas of Charles de Montesquieu, who saw the separation of executive legislative, and judicial powers as the best way to counteract any tendency toward despotism, and by the ideals of social...
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