Presentation on theme: "We The People Lesson 1 – What did the Founders think about Constitutional Government?"— Presentation transcript:
1We The PeopleLesson 1 – What did the Founders think about Constitutional Government?
2Characteristics of colonial America… Vast sizeFew Native AmericansDiverse backgroundsDiffered in social structureFew influential familiesSlavery practicedIndentured servantsVarious trades
3HOW did the Founders learn about government? HistoryPhilosophyProtestant theology150 years of local self-government
4What did the Founders learn about government? Government is to help citizens perform civic & moral dutiesDemocracies result in tyranny – class warfareNatural rights theorists believe gov is to protect rightsLocal self-government exist with a central authorityGovernment should be the servant NOT the master of the peopleA fundamental higher law, or constitution, should limit government
5Forms of Government 3 types of government…..rule of 1, few, many See chart!Polity….most like democracy as we define it todayrepublic….form of government that derives its power from the people, representative institutions
6Constitution A plan that sets forth the structure & powers of gov Higher or fundamental law (in US terms)Can be written or unwrittenConstitutional gov = limited gov (restraints on power as specified by the constitution)
7Higher law See bullets pg. 9 Different than statutes (laws passed by the legislature)