Presentation on theme: "We The People Lesson 1 – What did the Founders think about Constitutional Government?"— Presentation transcript:
1 We The PeopleLesson 1 – What did the Founders think about Constitutional Government?
2 Characteristics of colonial America… Vast sizeFew Native AmericansDiverse backgroundsDiffered in social structureFew influential familiesSlavery practicedIndentured servantsVarious trades
3 HOW did the Founders learn about government? HistoryPhilosophyProtestant theology150 years of local self-government
4 What 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
5 Forms 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
6 Constitution 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)
7 Higher law See bullets pg. 9 Different than statutes (laws passed by the legislature)