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Issue 7: Was the Constitution of the United States Written to Protect the Economic Interests of the Upper Classes? According to radical historian Howard Zinn, the Founding Fathers were an elite group of northern money interests and southern slaveholders who used Shay’s Rebellion in Massachusetts as a pretext to create a strong central government, which protected the property rights of the rich to the exclusion of slaves, Indians, and non-property-holding whites. Zinn uses an excerpt from historian George Bancroft to explain his reasoning. Bancroft basically said that the Constitution left out individuals and favored certain classes. Zinn also uses an excerpt from historian Charles Beard to explain his reasoning.
He refers to the “majority” and its “absolute sovereignty as the essence of democratic government: in a democracy, nothing outside of the majority is capable of mounting resistance to it.” He goes on to explain that legislatures will always “respond most readily to the will of the majority.” That is important, as the legislative branch is elected directly by the people and “thus constituted, the legislatures have acquired almost all powers of government.” Perhaps Tocqueville’s most important revelation is that of “tyranny of the majority,” that is, the idea that the majority in a government can do whatever it pleases, is a real danger to the sustainability of American democracy. He likens the majority to that of an “all powerful individual with the capability to abuse his power to harm his opponent,” and goes on to say that the majority can do the same. He blames the protections of tyranny by the American government as the thing he detests about democracy in the United States, but is quick to fault the irresistible power available, not the weakness of government as perceived in Europe. Legislative instability and the fact that almost every American constitution has been amended in the last 30 years and that there is no state that hasn’t modified its legal principles are seen as weaknesses that could prevail into a tyranny of the majority. It’s safe to say that an
GOD BLESS AMERICA By, STEFAN RADUNOVIC Unit 1 Unit 1 was all about the Consistitutional Underpinnings. We first learned what political power was and why we need politics in the first place. We then went on to the idea of Democracy and John Locke’s social contract theory, that “The view that the consent of the people is the only true basis of any sovereign’s right to rule”. Unit 1 taught us that there are two types of democracies, direct and indirect representation democracy also know as a republic, and the pros and cons for both types. One of the main questions reguarding democracy was, who really has control in a democracy?
A. Students will analyze historical documents to determine principles that served as precedents for the United States Constitution. • define individual and group values o What is a value? Ideas which groups/individual believe strongly and guide their behavior. o List and define the values and principles of democracy Limited government-the govt is limited in their power Change or abolish government-if the govt is not doing their job we can change it Individual right and freedom-everyone has their rights and freedom Consent of government-the power comes from the people Majority/Minority Rule-majority makes decision Equality-everyone is equal o Why are the values
John Jay John Jay, born 1745-1829 , was an American statesman, and the first Chief Justice of the United States. He graduated from King’s College (now Columbia Univ.) in 1764. In pre-Revolutionary actions he reflected the views of the conservative colonial merchant, opposing British actions but not favoring independence. As a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses he urged a moderate policy, served on various committees, drafted correspondence, and wrote a famous address to the people of Great Britain.
Behnam Nemati Professor Nappo English 101 13 March 2012 The age of revolutions In 18th century, enlightenment philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Montesquieu, began to revolutionize the way of thinking in European world. The enlightenment was a movement in 18th century that questioned authority, religion and social hierarchy; enlightenment advocated reason, liberty and equality, and controlling one’s own destiny. The American and French revolutions were motivated by Enlightenment ideas; however, they were remarkably different in terms of subjective causes, types of leaders, progression, and outcomes. Seven year’s war was undoubtedly the matrix of the French and American Revolution; a war that was started by George Washington, killing French military officer, in New France territory. It soon became a global war, and after seven years, the British defeated the French.
Culture, Politics, and Moral Panics Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s by Tyler Anbinder; Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights and Taxes on American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall; Mary D. Edsall; Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain by Philip Jenkins Review by: Nancy K. Cauthen and James M. Jasper Sociological Forum, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Sep., 1994), pp. 495-503 Published by: Springer Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/684713 . Accessed: 18/11/2011 00:31 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at .
American Imperialism Eva Rodgers HIS 204 American History Since 1865 Instructor Gregory Lawson May 15, 2011 Imperialism is the policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations. It is also the system, policies, or practices of such a government. The United States adopted a policy of imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. This paper will discuss that policy and the reasons behind it. I will discuss the major events surrounding the time the policy was adopted and whether it was justified.