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Foundations of American Government Sea travel expanded the horizons of many European nations and created prosperity and the conditions for the Enlightenment. In turn, the Enlightenment ideals of liberty, equality, and justice helped to create the conditions for the American Revolution and the subsequent Constitution.
Democracy was not created in a heartbeat. In a world where people were ruled by monarchs from above, the idea of self-government is entirely alien.
Democracy takes practice and wisdom from experience. The American colonies began developing a democratic tradition during their earliest stages of development.
Over years later, the colonists believed their experience was great enough to refuse to recognize the British king. The first decade was rocky. The American Revolution and the domestic instability that followed prompted a call for a new type of government with a constitution to guarantee liberty.
The constitution drafted in the early days of the independent American republic has endured longer than any in human history. Where did this democratic tradition truly begin?
The ideas and practices that led to the development of the American democratic republic owe a debt to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Protestant Reformation, and Gutenberg's printing press.
But the Enlightenment of 17th-century Europe had the most immediate impact on the framers of the United States Constitution. The Philosophes Europeans of the 17th century no longer lived in the "darkness" of the Middle Ages. Ocean voyages had put them in touch with many world civilizations, and trade had created a prosperous middle class.
The Protestant Reformation encouraged free thinkers to question the practices of the Catholic Church, and the printing press spread the new ideas relatively quickly and easily.
The time was ripe for the philosophes, scholars who promoted democracy and justice through discussions of individual liberty and equality. The ideas of 18th-century philosophes inspired the Founding Fathers to revolt against what they perceived as unfair British taxation. Washington Crossing the Delaware is one of the most famous depictions of the American Revolution.
One of the first philosophes was Thomas Hobbes, an Englishman who concluded in his famous book, Leviathan, that people are incapable of ruling themselves, primarily because humans are naturally self-centered and quarrelsome and need the iron fist of a strong leader. Later philosophes, like Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Rousseau were more optimistic about democracy.
Their ideas encouraged the questioning of absolute monarchs, like the Bourbon family that ruled France. Montesquieu suggested a separation of powers into branches of government not unlike the system Americans would later adopt. They found eager students who later became the founders of the American government.
John Locke The single most important influence that shaped the founding of the United States comes from John Locke, a 17th century Englishman who redefined the nature of government. Although he agreed with Hobbes regarding the self-interested nature of humans, he was much more optimistic about their ability to use reason to avoid tyranny.
In his Second Treatise of Government, Locke identified the basis of a legitimate government.
According to Locke, a ruler gains authority through the consent of the governed. The duty of that government is to protect the natural rights of the people, which Locke believed to include life, liberty, and property. If the government should fail to protect these rights, its citizens would have the right to overthrow that government.
This idea deeply influenced Thomas Jefferson as he drafted the Declaration of Independence. Important English Documents Ironically, the English political system provided the grist for the revolt of its own American colonies.
For many centuries English monarchs had allowed restrictions to be placed on their ultimate power. The Magna Carta, written inestablished the kernel of limited government, or the belief that the monarch's rule was not absolute. Although the document only forced King John to consult nobles before he made arbitrary decisions like passing taxes, the Magna Carta provided the basis for the later development of Parliament.
Over the years, representative government led by a Prime Minister came to control and eventually replace the king as the real source of power in Britain. The ideas of the French Enlightenment philosophes strongly influenced the American revolutionaries.
French intellectuals met in salons like this one to exchange ideas and define their ideals such as liberty, equality, and justice. The Petition of Right extended the rights of "commoners" to have a voice in the government.Jun 17, · The Puritans and the Articles of Confederation Puritan Massachusetts is often described as a theocracy, but it was really a direct democracy.
By now, in the 21st century, we equate democracy with liberalism; that is, we conflate direct democracy and liberal democracy. Compare and contrast the major documents and works (e.g., Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, etc.) that laid the foundation for American democracy.
The first constitution in our nation's history was the U.S. Articles of Confederation. Under the U.S. Articles of Confederation we took "baby steps" as a nation.
The government conducted the affairs of the country during the last two years of the Revolutionary War, helped to negotiate the Treaty of. The Articles of Confederation was exposed as an ineffective governing system because _____.
individual states could ignore the United States government Both the Albany Plan and the Articles of Confederation had statements that allowed for the regulation of trade with __________.
The Articles of Confederation was exposed as an ineffective governing system because _____. individual states could ignore the United States government Both the Albany Plan and the Articles of Confederation had statements that allowed for the regulation of trade with __________.
Jun 18, · The Articles of Confederation, our first governing compact, democracy-proof. A Supreme Court that promulgates and upholds a Buckley v.
Valeo (not to mention a Bush v. Economic Democracy, will continue for quite a while to remind the rest of us.