Chapter 2 constitution - Cost Political experience and...

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CONSTITUTION: A consensual document that establishes fundamental principles and the general procedures that are the basis for any given society. Consensual, meaning broad-based support Reflects views, ideals and beliefs at time of writing Incorporates change through both interpretation and formal amendment.
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HISTORICAL ANTECEDENTS Anglo-Saxon Liberalism Rights of Man Philosophy A well-read leadership class Common law tradition Colonial settlement patterns Develops individual state traditions Isolation breeds self-reliance Develops “American” cultural identity Revolt against England Violation of basic common law contract Lack of representation
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Unformatted text preview: Cost Political experience and documents Colonial legislatures State constitutions Declaration of Independence ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION Based on a firm league of friendship. Emphasized state sovereignty (article II) Emphasis on common defense Legislative dominance (no court or executive) 9 of 13 needed for legislative acts No enforcement of legislative acts, shall abide KEY POINTS OF FAILURE OF ARTICLES Monetary Confusion: each state had own currency; inflation was also a problem Economic Rivalry: taxes and imposts on interstate commerce favored states with ports Boundary Disputes Lack of Tax Payments: threatened national sovereignty...
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course PHY 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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