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POL SCI 101 Notes, Week 1

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POL SCI 101 Notes, Week 1 Pol Sci 201

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These notes are from 1/27. They cover the beginnings of the United States of America.
American Government and Politics
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mary Van Wyk on Wednesday January 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Pol Sci 201 at University of Wisconsin Green Bay taught by Kristine K Coulter in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 58 views. For similar materials see American Government and Politics in Political Science at University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

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Date Created: 01/27/16
POL SCI 101 1/27 1/27 Take Home  US Constitution Reflects o Colonial Life o Articles of Confederation o Philadelphia Convention o Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists Origins of the Constitution  Creates political institutions  Allocates power  Provides guarantees Democracy  Having a say in how we are governed  Represented democracy (republic) o We elect representatives o Fed, State, Local  Direct Democracy o We have a DIRECT say. Road to Revolution  Britain was pretty much hands of  Life was great for standards  Salutary neglect o Colonists governed themselves  7 years war- very expensive  Boston Tea Party- taxation Movie 1  Sugar Act Repealed, 1764  Stamp Act 1765 (then repealed)  Townshed Act 1767 (Then repealed)  The Tea Act 1773  The intolerable Acts  April 19 , 1775 “Shot Heard Round the World” Declaration of Independence  Summer of 1776  Break up w/ Britain  Declaration explains why  “No taxation without representation”  Blame King George III  Declare war  Overthrowing a government was very unusual- especially the most powerful one th  Signed on July 4 , 1776 John Locke  Natural Rights o Laws of Nature and Nature’s God o Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness  Purpose of Government o To secure these rights  Equality o All men are created equal  Consent of the Governed  Limited Government  Right to revolt American Revolution First Founding  Articles of Confederation o Limited Government o Central government: congress  Didn’t need a president o Weak congress  States > Congress o Confederation FEATURE PROVISION Central Government Weak Executive None Legislature One Chamber One Vote Courts None Regulation of Commerce None Taxation None Amendment of Articles Unanimous Consent National Defense Sort of Power over States None Why These Features?  Hated King George III o No president  Large land mass o Weak Central Government Weakness of the Articles  Congress: Weak and inefective o Couldn’t Tax o Couldn’t regulate Commerce o Couldn’t control National Defense  Articles=Didn’t Work Second Founding (1787)  Constitutional Convention o 55 Reps from 12 States  Rhode Island didn’t participate o Create new Government  US Constitution


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