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1 Lesson 1 – What did the Founders think about Constitutional Government?

2 Vast size Few Native Americans Diverse backgrounds Differed in social structure Few influential families Slavery practiced Indentured servants Various trades

3 History Philosophy Protestant theology 150 years of local self-government

4 Government is to help citizens perform civic & moral duties Democracies result in tyranny – class warfare Natural rights theorists believe gov is to protect rights Local self-government exist with a central authority Government should be the servant NOT the master of the people A fundamental higher law, or constitution, should limit government

5 3 types of government…..rule of 1, few, many See chart! Polity….most like democracy as we define it today republic….form of government that derives its power from the people, representative institutions

6 A plan that sets forth the structure & powers of gov Higher or fundamental law (in US terms) Can be written or unwritten Constitutional gov = limited gov (restraints on power as specified by the constitution)

7 See bullets pg. 9 Different than statutes (laws passed by the legislature)

8 Pg 10


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