Each colony had its own government, with a governor, a
legislature, and a court system.
The colonies operated under written constitutions, or
charters, which established the colonys government.
Although the structure of legislatures v
1. _ According to Abraham Lincoln, government must serve the individual not the
2. _ a state is a country that has a simpler type of government.
3. _ a nation may wage war with another nation to protect its own national sec
1. The authors of the Declaration of Independence were influenced by the idea in the Old
2. The Founders incorporated Jean Jacques Rousseaus concept of freedom of religion
into the Constitution by stating that?
3. The First Continental Con
The Colonial Economy and the American Revolution Economic issues were the main points of
conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain during the turbulent period leading up
to the Declaration of Independence. When the colonies were first estab
Our Political Heritage
English colonists brought with them the idea of limited
Colonists believed that they, too, enjoyed the rights
guaranteed in the English Bill of Rights.
The Founders followed the English system of law as
described by Sir
Bill of Rights Worksheet
1.List the SIX freedoms of expression guaranteed in the First Amendment (try to do it without your text; a
majority of Americans can name more Simpson family members than First Amendment rights.
2.According to the S
True or False
1. _ Our first Constitution was called the Articles of Confederation.
2. _ Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress had too much power.
3. _ The first fifteen amendments are called the Bill of Rights.
Chapter 2: Origins of
2.1: Our Political
2.2: The Coming of
2.3: The Critical Period
2.4: Creating the
2.5: Ratifying the
2.1: Our Political Beginnings
*The colonists used
Chapter 1 Test Review
Social contract theory
brought three main
The need concepts:
for an ordered social system,
The idea of limited government,
that is, that government should not be
The concept of representative
The following link will take you to an interactive Constitution in which almost every line
of the Constitution is analyzed and defined.
How many members are there to be i