Class 13 - Monday,October17th Final Essay #1 Due Wednesday,...

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Monday, October 17th  Final Essay #1 Due Wednesday, Oct. 26th n Stay caught up on all your readings and go the review room in 176 A SWKT for help
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The First President n The job of first President was extremely  challenging. n Washington and his cabinet had to make  many key decisions and set many  precedents. n The people chose the best person for the  job.  He could be wholly trusted.
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The First Congress n One of first agenda items:  a bill of rights
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Starting the Engine of Government,  II: The Bill of Rights
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Rights n What are they and where do they come  from?   n Human rights n Civil, constitutional or legal rights n Other rights?  n granted by legislatures? n privileges n Today:  constitutional rights
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights n Article 24: Everyone has the right to rest and leisure,  including reasonable limitation of working hours  and periodic holidays with pay.  n A so-called positive right n For the most part, not what we find in the US  Constitution n Negative rights:  the Government can’t do  something
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Rights n Structure and Rights n Some Examples of Rights n Government and Rights
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November 1, 2006 B l   o   R g ht 8 The Bill of Rights: Purpose n To protect ourselves from government n To assure basic liberties cannot be  compromised
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Structure and Rights n Two approaches to limiting government and  preserving liberty. n Structure: Use auxiliary precautions, such as  separation of powers and checks and balances. n Rights: Enumerate rights and rely on the courts to  protect those rights.
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Rights n Structure and Rights n Some Examples of Rights
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Why did the original Constitution  not include a bill of rights? n Eight states already had bills of rights n Impossible to enumerate all rights Noah Webster suggested the following right: “Congress shall never restrain any inhabitant of America from …  lying on his left side, in a long winter’s night, or even on his back,  when he is fatigued by lying on his right.” n Given the limited government of the Constitution, it  makes no sense to grant rights that the government  has no authority to withhold n The Constitution is its own bill of rights
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 100 taught by Professor Dr,holland during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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Class 13 - Monday,October17th Final Essay #1 Due Wednesday,...

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