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790: 104: Introduction to American Politics Lecture #3: The American Political Tradition
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Main Questions Ø What are the Sources of American Political Culture? Ø Is America an “Exceptional Nation?” Ø Has American Political Culture Changed over time? Ø How does our
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A Liberal Republic? Ø Most commentators on American political culture define it as liberal . Ø Liberalism : A philosophy that elevates the rights of individuals over traditional forms of authority. Ø American liberalism is rooted in the philosophical writings of John Locke (1632-1704) .
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Declaration of Independence: America’s Liberal Charter Ø Authored by Thomas Jefferson in 1775. Ø Five (5) key elements borrowed from Locke : (1) political equality; (2) individual rights; (3) instrumental government; (4) limited government, and (5) the right to
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American Individualism Ø Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) : Author of Democracy in America (1835/1840); which is regarded as one of the
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