Lecture 10 - American Heritage October3 , 2011 Midterm 55...

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American Heritage October3 , 2011 Midterm • 55 Questions • 10 Matching • 45 Multiple Choice Designing Government Constitutional Principles and the Convention
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Core Question • How can we design a government that resolves conficting interests and Fosters bene±cial cooperation while maintaining order and liberty? The Republican Problem • How can a society enjoy the bene±ts oF selF-government without incurring its inherent problems? Common Assumptions in Post-Revolutionary America • High level oF public virtue among the people.
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Common Assumptions in Post-Revolutionary America • High level of public virtue among the people. • Legislatures should reFect that commitment to the public good • The executive branch should be weak • Nothing like a king! • Sovereignty should reside with the states • Small republics are better than large republics Articles of Confederation A “Firm League of Friendship”
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Articles of Confederation Key principle: state sovereignty No executive No judiciary No power to tax State legislatures appointed 2-7 delegates to the national Congress Each state had an equal vote (approval of 9 states usually required) Unanimous approval of states required to amend Articles of Confederation • Limited power to … • Resolve conFicts between the states • Regulate trade between the states • Enforce decisions • Conduct uni±ed foreign policy
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Accomplishments under the Articles of Confederation • Victory in war; peace
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Lecture 10 - American Heritage October3 , 2011 Midterm 55...

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