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Hist110-04 Intro to American Civilizations Week 1 Notes

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Hist110-04 Intro to American Civilizations Week 1 Notes Hist 110-04

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Introduction to American Civilization
Neal Dougherty
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Date Created: 09/12/16
09/08/2016 Week 1 Prof. Neal Dougherty Introduction to American Civilization Homework for next week: ●  Paper on MSU’s policy on plagiarism (what the repercussions are, the  universities definition of this) Format: Conventional writing rules ● Print out the first Amendment of the Constitution ● Read Chapter 4 ● Research issue about Roselle Park pertaining to Freedom of Religion ( Must have  sufficient knowledge to discuss topic next week) Extra Credit ● Show proof of registration to vote or 5 hours of community service (consult with  professor about where this can be performed) NOTES Cultural Zeitgeist :  Definition: The Spirit of the Times Ex. In the 1970’s the spirit of the times were hippies, sex, drugs, rock and roll In Sept. 2001 the cultural zeitgeist had to do with the Twin Towers, terrorist attacks. Drapetomania: Definition: It was the psychiatric diagnosis of slaves (usually African American) who  attempted to escape slavery. Term was coined in 1851 by Dr. Samuel Cartwright, who began to diagnose slaves who  attempted to escape slavery. What was the so called “cure” to drapetomania? Slaves were tortured, often times their feet were burned to prevent them from future  attempts at running away.  Hierarchy of Court: Federal District Courts etc. Highest level (But will not cover in this class) U.S. Supreme Court Highest level in the U.S.(Higher than N.J  Supreme) N.J. Supreme Court Highest level in N.J. (Higher than Appellate) Appellate Court Med ( Higher than County/Superior) County/Superior Court Low (Higher than Municipal) Municipal Court Lowest Level What is happening in the U.S. Supreme court now? There is a vacancy, usually there are 9 justices, for the time being there are 8 and one vacancy. What is the problem created with this vacancy? It enables the possibility of a tie, which is not favorable in this situation. 9 justices makes a  tiebreaker, allowing the court to more easily decide issues. (example:  4 vs. 5 instead of 4 vs. 4) If there is a tie the issue may become precedent (a.k.a. Stare Decisis) If they end up deciding  something, which later becomes known as being the wrong choice, it will be harder for the  justices to admit their mistake and change it.  


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